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The soundtrack to the cyberthriller Pi stands on its own as a fine compilation, and fans of the artists featured on this soundtrack will be delighted to hear solid offerings from the likes of Aphex Twin, Massive Attack, Spacetime Continuum, David Holmes, Orbital, and a mix of Roni Size's "Watching Windows" by Ed Rush and Optical. Those who have seen the film but are unfamiliar with the artists will be happily exposed to great music and should enjoy this incredibly cohesive, thematic piece. Even artists like Gus Gus and Banco De Gaia fit perfectly into this mix. The music is as complicatedly paranoid as the film's protagonist, Max Cohen, and as rhythmic and precise as the film's antagonist--the numeric system. Cohen's dialogue is interspersed through the soundtrack for a nice touch. --Aaron Tassano
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All this music represents intelligence and madness. It may not impress alot of kids because it does have some softer, but yet nerving instrumental passages that build up to a more intense outcome. I think this movie and soundtrack is for older people to understand. Perhaps a "college nerd" may relate to the concept here. On this concept, perhaps those 30 years old or younger may appreciate the techno intelligence of the three "Hackers" soundtracks (artists like Prodigy, Leftfield, and Moby may be more what they could relate to.)
Dark ambient electronica. I guess that's what I would call this soundtrack of "Pi". This CD is a great introduction to the IDM artists available here.
Since I've seen this movie, and bought this (hard to find) CD, I've bought some other CD's from some artists here. I have become an "Autechre" fanatic. I have everything that they've possibly done. I've bought alot of Aphex Twin, and I have investigated other works from the other artists on this album soundtrack.
I think this soundtrack is out of print. I can't even find it "used" anywhere. When you can't find a CD "used" at a used CD store, you know it's got to be really good. People are holding on to it.
Using my own typical deductions, I have learned that, if you wanna see if a new album is any good, see how many copies of that particular album is available in the "used" bin at a used CD store. If there are many, you will know that it's proven to be undesirable. Each copy that you see in the "used" bin, is like seeing a negative review.
"Pi" is a classic! It may take a couple of listenings before you truly embrace the message behind this collection. Even I didn't take to it right away when I first heard it, but that was because I was totally unfamiliar with this kind of music. Now, I absolutely love it! It is, in fact, my favorite soundtrack CD. Only, "The City of Lost Children", "Cat People", Midnight Express", "A Clockwork Orange", "Escape From New York", and maybe "Phantasm", could be a close second, and third, etc. I love "horror" soundtracks. "Pi" is horror through intelligence. If it's dark and disturbing, I will embrace the darkness that it conjures.