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Samsara Soundtrack

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Original soundtrack to the 2012 motion picture featuring music by Michael Stearns, Lisa Gerrard and Marchello De Francisci.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B008I34YAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've seen this movie twice and loved it. Was a fan of Baraka before that.

There is a scene in Samsara that has some harp music and an African singer that moved me. So I ordered the CD and got it yesterday. Just went through and sampled all the tunes and that one isn't on the disk. Bummer.

Not that the music on the disk is bad but just thought people would want to know that.

It is more of a soothing, sound effect soundtrack as can be expected with this movie.

On second, more full listening I'm loving the CD. Had it on driving home yesterday and then driving to work this morning. It makes it like you're in a movie, not some crazed chase scene but something more smooth and flowing. The tunes transition well from one to another.

Update two: Found the tune I was looking for. Asked on the Samsara Facebook page and someone gave me a link to credits for the movie. Found this tune on Youtube:
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Song is Kothbiro by Ayub Ogada.
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As other reviewers have mentioned, this film is stunning piece of cinematography. In addition, the soundtrack is excellent; however, it is missing several songs from the movie including the opening volcano song, the African song (listed in other reviews), the organ music during several of the cathedral scenes, and other music from the film. Not sure why the producers chose to leave some songs out? Luckily, I love anything by Lisa Gerrard - a pure and divine voice of inspiration - so I'm very pleased with Lisa's work on this soundtrack. Perhaps the producers will consider releasing an expanded version of the soundtrack in the future? I just hope iTunes gives us credit for the previously purchased tracks. I would really like to keep a good taste in my mouth about this picture.
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I heard this soundtrack before I saw the film a week ago. With Lisa Gerrard's name attached to the project, I knew I had to hear the soundtrack ASAP so I bought it. I wasn't disappointed. The music is very relaxing and soothing to listen to, I often mind myself doing breathing exercises to the soundtrack before bed. The movie itself is visual eye candy. Definitely worth seeing. I do wish the soundtrack included Kothbiro by Ayub Ogada, a terrific African singer. I definitely recommend seeing the film in theater if possible. If not wait until it comes out on blu-ray and dvd to get a grasp of the beauty of Samsara. I also recommend buying the soundtrack too.
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Samsara is the companion piece to the amazing documentary, Baraka which followed humanity through our existence. Samsara is in the similar realm of putting a lens on humanity within different parts of the planet. Samsara is the epitome of image and sound working together. This is pure imagery meant to be looked at and to take in. The music is meant to bring the image to life and send a rush of emotions through your body, and that is exactly what it does. Michael Stearns provided original music for Baraka, which also used source music to fill out the rest of the soundtrack. A song from Dead Can Dance (with member Lisa Gerrard) was also used and explains why she was brought on here to do original music. Michael Stearns worked alone on his tracks while Lisa Gerrard & Marcello De Francisci worked together for their tracks. The culmination can only be described as a transcendental experience that must be had.

The music is filled with rich beauty and ethnic accents that transport us around the globe. It washes over you like a quilt of vivid colors and fills every part of your soul with a human touch. The music really saturates your mind and the experience becomes meditational. The flow is absolutely stunning, and since this time around we have all original music the score's structure is perfectly executed. While there is a distinct flow, the music also is pastiche in nature. It feels like a stirring pot of cultures. In one moment we're in Dubai and the next we're immersed in Tuvan throat singing. It's such a stunning experience that feels like it's enriching you with every moment. Music is a product of human expression and I can't think of a score that better represents that than this. The culture and history felt through the music here is amazing.
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After having viewed this delightful DVD of the same title, I desired to have the music to listen to while around the house, being domestic, or before going to bed at night, or waking in the AM. This music transports your awareness to other ground, to other lives. It's a great audio getaway..... definitely NOT your teenie FM Rock. Somehow, it makes me feel as a resident of my home planet, and I like that.

Check out the DVD, too. Others by Stearns and his co-artists (I am embarrassed that I cannot remember them now) are "Baracka" and "Kronos". Check them out. They all assist with internalizing who you are, who you THINK you are, and connect with those living varied lives than our own here in North America. Wow....... what little lives we live here, thinking we are just "the bee's knees" as Americans. Just do it..... just listen ....... and be where others are.
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