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Cloud Atlas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Tyker/Klimek/Heil) Soundtrack

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Original soundtrack to the 2012 motion picture featuring music composed by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: WaterTower Music
  • ASIN: B009OCR1X4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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Cloud Atlas must be seen several times in order to get the full whack from the experience. Which means you'll end up with some of the tunes bumping around in your head.

If you are like me that will signal the next step: getting hold of a recording so you can actually listen on your own terms.

Like all soundtracks, this comes in at a price higher than that of contemporary music albums. I don't recall this being true in the days of vinyl but it is certainly true in the post CD world.

[EDIT 7/25/16] I see the price has crashed. I do not doubt that is because of the unnecessary noise ruining this otherwise beautiful album. [/EDIT]

The booklet is, to be honest, a disappointment, being just four photomontages of various epochs/characters from the movie. No other material at all, so a star comes off (though this is also par for the soundtrack CD course).

The music ranges in style according to the milieu it appears in in the movie. Cloud Atlas zooms around in time from the slave trade era through various points in the 1900s out to a slowly drowning New Seoul in the future and on to long post-apocalyptic far future Earth (and beyond). The music is tailored to fit the visual backdrop it augments.

There are classical parts for full orchestra, chamber music-like parts, parts for electronic instruments. The Atlas March from the theme features prominently but not exclusively as a motif. There's even four and a bit minutes of the Cloud Atlas Sextet itself.

[STRIKE]Highly recommended for the music.[/STRIKE]

UPDATE 01/22/14

After having listened to the album several times I now have to agree with others that the recording here is unnecessarily noisy - so much so it is effectively ruining the experience for me.
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When I first heard the music in the film "Cloud Atlas", I knew I had to have it on my MP 3 Player. The simple tune went through many variations, which was fun to hear. When I downloaded it to the Amazon Cloud Player, I was able to take it to any one of my computers and my phone. The music has both emotion and character, evoking vivid memories of the film (which I will get on Blue Ray when it comes out.) I highly recommend this to both film music buffs and classical fans.
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