Cloud Atlas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Tyker/Klimek/Heil) Soundtrack
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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'.Read more ›
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
16) All boundaries are conventions*
18) Chasing Luisa Rey
20) Death is only a Door
21) Cloud Atlas Finale*
23) Cloud Atlas End Title*
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]
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me, this is a great soundtrack for computer work - data entry, transcription, etc. For thoughtful background, I prefer Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3,. Ohlsson.Published 1 month ago by John L. Wilmer
I watched the movie twice and fell in love with the music associated with Sonmi 451. I bought the CD for this particular music. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mayasultana
Having seen this movie I knew almost immediately that I wanted this album. The piano sections in particular sound like soothing echos from somewhere far off that I feel like I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Josef J. Koeppl
Loved the book, loved the movie, and definitely loved the score. I normally just set film scores as background music for when I write or read, but this music is so intense and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hunter
Why did it take me so long to discover this great movie?! Love it! Very pretty soundtrack/ theme music. Glad I bought it to watch over again.Published 12 months ago by Marimarmalade