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Cloud Atlas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

October 23, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Label: WaterTower Music
  • Copyright: 2012 WaterTower Music / Warner Bros. Entertainment / Cloud Atlas Productions GmbH / X Filme Creative Pool GmbH
  • Total Length: 1:17:25
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B009JCL58G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,034 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Just beautiful music!!!
brat352
What united the diverse story lines and different styles in the movie was the uniform music score.
OpenWord
We saw the movie, she fell in love with the music, listens to it in the car.
catmom

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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on October 29, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
Trying to write a brief synopsis of Cloud Atlas is an exercise in futility, given that it is one of the most dense, multi-layered, and complicated - but brilliant - films in several years, but I'll give it a go. It's based on David Mitchell's sprawling 2004 novel, and at it's core is a story about humanity's continual yearning for freedom in all its forms, the way in which the threads of life are interlinked across time and space, and how the smallest gestures in one lifetime can have enormous and profound effects on generations to come. The film spans six separate time periods across multiple geographical locations, and even different genre. Contrary to appearances, these disparate elements all do connect with each other, having been expertly woven together by directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, who worked separately on three segments each, which were then edited together to form the final cut of the film. It stars an ensemble cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant, all of whom play multiple roles across the different stories, under varying applications of hair, false noses and prosthetic teeth.

Music plays a very important part in Cloud Atlas, forming a great deal of the narrative's connective tissue, linking themes and concepts across multiple segments and multiple genres. The music is by the composing trio Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil, who have worked together on several of director Tykwer's films, most notably Run Lola Run, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and The International, and go by the collective name `Pale 3'.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Chrisman on October 23, 2012
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I haven't seen Cloud Atlas, and hence cannot comment on the interplay between the music and the movie, so I will restrict my comments to the standalone quality of the score:

While the music from the action scenes is fairly typical of what you would hear in other contemporary movies, the real strength of the Cloud Atlas album is in the main theme - "The Atlas March". For those that watched the 5 minute trailer for the movie, "The Atlas March" is the opening music for the trailer (and first track of this album), which is rounded out by M83's "Outro".

I'm a fairly avid movie score collector and it's not often that you come across a theme so awe inspiring and refreshing - kudos to the trio of composers on a job well done!

Notable tracks (favorites*)

1) Prelude: The Atlas March*
3) Travel to Edinburgh
10) Kesselring
16) All boundaries are conventions*
18) Chasing Luisa Rey
20) Death is only a Door
21) Cloud Atlas Finale*
23) Cloud Atlas End Title*
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Kline on October 25, 2012
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Having seen this movie at the US Premiere, I may have been most looking forward to the score (even though the 6 1/2 minute trailer intrigued the heck out of me). I have loved everything this music team has put together thus far (and am a huge fan of Tykwer's films). The score is another wonderful addition, with a simultaneously simple, sweeping and haunting main theme, perhaps best represented in "Cloud Atlas Opening Title", "All Boundaries are Conventions" and the amazing "Cloud Atlas Finale". This and a few other themes will stick in your head long after the film concludes and this soundtrack is destined to be in my rotation for months to come. My favorite soundtrack of the year so far. (I loved the movie as well.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MARK A MCCORKLE on December 4, 2012
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I've had it on repeat for the last two days -- and between seeing the movie twice, and hearing the music some dozens of time, I find myself back in my own studio composing for the first time in many moons.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay on October 29, 2012
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This soundtrack is one of the best. Very moving. Buy it now :D I enjoyed the soundtrack after watching the movie a second time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Drew on December 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I love the music to Cloud Atlas. I bought this soundtrack less than an hour after I watched the movie with my friends, and they did the same. The only thing that detracts from the overall value and quality of the album is the extraneous sounds made by the orchestra members. You can hear them greatly during the Cloud Atlas Sextet, and if you listen closely, you can hear them in some of the other tracks. It's not too bad, but it's slightly annoying when you start hearing the taps of the conductors baton or the shuffling of feet from the brass players. *shrugs* I think it's a worthy buy, but don't expect perfection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brandon on December 8, 2012
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I read in the the 'most helpful critical review' that there was a distracting shuffling from people on the set. This made me upset, and I went back and tried to listen closely to see if I could understand what they were talking about. I think this person is referring to my personal favorite song on the soundtrack "Death is Only a Door". I believe that this shuffling is purposeful and is meant to give the sound a feel such that you forget you are listening to a soundtrack and the music just becomes a direct tract into your emotional drive, helping you to release a certain set of complex emotions and feel moved and have your mind opened.
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