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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Brian Goodman's What Doesn't Kill You opened in the States on December 12th, the same day that iTunes released Alex Wurman's score for the film, which is based on events from the director's life, who also plays organized crime boss Pat Kelly, alongside the stars of the film, Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke.
Wurman's music is all achieved in his studio, and his publicists, Costa Communications, were kind enough to send me a sampling of his score, which only runs for some 12 minutes, but gives one an idea of what to expect.
The "Opening Titles" presents a poignant piano theme, later taken up by violin, over a persistent questing rhythm. A haunting violin variation on the main theme continues in "Suite 2," this time giving way to the piano, as the track turns ever more poignant. "Suite 3" is a very different animal, a tense, cold affair, though piano does provide a brief reprise of the main theme late on. "Get Out of Jail" presents a positive piano/violin performance of the theme; whilst "Suite 4" features the most uptempo version of the theme yet, before ending ethereally.
I have no way of knowing if the remainder of the score is similarly one-themed, but from what I've heard here, this is another fine effort from Wurman, whose profile continues to grow and grow.

Well, it just remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Not sure when my next post will be, but there's plenty more good music to look forward to, including three new releases from La-La Land Records (two of which are double albums), three from the GDM Hillside Series, a new Rozsa concert music disc from Naxos, and more goodies from Costa Communications. So check back in a couple of days or so and hopefully there'll be something new.


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