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It's not unusual for high-concept Hollywood projects to result in strange sets of cinema doppelgängers; in 2000, two studios released tales of astronauts stranded on Mars, first the so-bad-it-might-become-a-camp-classic Mission to Mars, then Red Planet. But if both movies shared a sense of Survivor bloated with extraterrestrial existentialism, their music couldn't be more dissimilar. In contrast to Mars's typically dignified Morricone orchestral score, Red Planet features a more adventurous fusion of composer Graeme Revell's synth-scapes coupled with a slate of electronica-infused songs by Peter Gabriel (the industrial "The Tower Ate People" and its remix), Sting (the moody "A Thousand Years"), and Strange Cargo ("Montauk Point," a brooding 1995 side project featuring William Orbit, Rico Conning, and spoken word artist Joe Frank). But the revelations here are Revell's genre-morphing collaborations with French opera star Emma Shapplin, tracks that fuse electronics, organic elements, and seemingly ageless liturgical music into an intriguing new whole. --Jerry McCulley
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I hope that GR can keep it up for years to come. If you are interested in his audiosculptures, check out his CD "Zamia Lehmanni" from 1986, when he was in his prime [in the Industrial band SPK].
I am recommending Red Planet because it is a CD that you will likely still enjoy a year or more after purchase. Also, it simply doesn't sound like generic soundtrack muzak.
The one thing that bothers me is that it totals less than 1 hour.