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Gravity: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack
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The score for Gravity is by English composer Steven Price, and this is the second of his two major scores in 2013 (the other being the comedy The World's End) - truly his breakout year. Price is a guitar player by trade, who first cut his teeth in the film scoring world working with Trevor Jones on scores such as Dinotopia and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. A sideways move into music editing led him to working with composers as varied as Howard Shore, Anne Dudley, Patrick Doyle, Hans Zimmer and David Arnold - not a bad pedigree! - before he made his feature composing debut in 2011 with the British sci-fi comedy Attack the Block. With these two scores in 2013, and Gravity in particular, Price has announced himself as major new talent in the film scoring world with a bright future ahead of him.
Price's major problem in scoring Gravity was self-imposed.Read more ›
At nearly 72 minutes in length, "Gravity" is a bit longer than most other soundtrack albums. I say the more music the better. In fact, since the movie is just over 90 minutes long, I'd guess we're getting a score here that's probably just about complete.
At the time of this review, I haven't seen the film yet - but after hearing the soundtrack I'm even more excited to do so.
EDIT: Have now seen the movie, it is fantastic. The music has a very prominent role in the film, given the decision to use almost no sound effects. Steve Price's score works very well in the film, but it's just as great to listen to on its own.
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Few films in recent memory have affected me as profoundly as Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity. Walking out of the cinema, I was absolutely awestruck. Giddy, thrilled far beyond my high expectations, and bursting with a slew of emotions, I knew that what I had just witnessed was something special, perhaps even unprecedented in the history of film. An original, technical marvel that took cinema-goers by surprise, the pureness of Cuarón's creation was regarded by many as a breath of fresh air for the film industry. Even the most hardened of critics could not debate the power of this achievement as it opened in August to unanimous critical acclaim, praising the film's direction, visual effects, acting, screenplay, cinematography, sound design and even 3D. "Believe the hype!" many proclaimed and, indeed, audiences did, blasting the film into the box-office stratosphere. Truly, Gravity was a forceful, physical, cinematic experience to be reckoned with.
I could easily go on a lengthy diatribe about the film's technical mastery but it might be just as effective to say that Gravity is a feat of cinematic storytelling. Each of the film's elements, complex in their own right, merge perfectly to tell a suprisingly minimalistic story: Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer, is being accompanied by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) on her first spacewalk. When a Russian missile strikes a defunct satellite and hurls a cloud of debris their way, Stone and Kowalsky are disconnected from their space shuttle Explorer and lose contact with Earth.Read more ›
That level of perfectionism and attention to detail extends to the soundtrack, which fits the mood and on-screen action like a glove. As the protagonist, Ryan, is subjected to a wild array of powerful emotions, the orchestral soundtrack perfectly matches her feelings, further amplifying them and putting the spectator in her shoes (or space boots, in this case). Whether Ryan is fighting for another breath of oxygen, attempting to survive a wave of space debris, or desperately trying to escape from yet another deteriorating device, the music elevates the mood masterfully- I found myself holding my breath along with her. Gravity is a work of art, and it wouldn't be the same without this terrific soundtrack. It's not so much a movie, it's more like an event or a journey - and it has left me stunned.
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One of my favorite scores of all time! ( i don't know what else to say)Published 6 months ago by Stabby Rodriguez
Seems like the mix can be a little quiet, I can barely hear half this album when listening in the car, but it's also very ambient so maybe it's intentional. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BT
this is a awesome soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to the best songs on this soundtrack are all of them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David
I loved the sounds presented on this album there are a lot of abrupt sweeps that are jarring at first but become quite nice once you start expecting them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nikil Kukkala
Its really amazing how they used sounds the are dual in purpose...score & effect...tied together.Listening to the album I could almost place where it was used in the film.Published 17 months ago by photojock