The Witch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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The Witch is an upcoming horror film directed by newcomer Robert Eggers. Set on the edge of a dark forest in 17th-century New England, The Witch is a tale of only family’s terrifying unraveling under the specter of black magic, possession and an unknown evil. When an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation and relocates his family to a remote plot of land, strange and unsettling occurrences begin happening immediately – animals become vicious, crops wilt and one of the children disappears. Paranoia grips the family as they accuse one of their own of witchcraft. Any great horror film has an equally impressive composer. The Witch is no different. Mark Korven has created a one-of-a-kind spine-chilling score by employing obscure instrumentation from hurdy gurdys to nyckelharps. The result is a discordant, spectral affair that draws the listener into the misty world of the family’s farm as horror permeates throughout.
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There really is only a handful of musicians contributing to the horror here. Composer Mark Korven plays the Tenor and Bass Nyckelharpa (a very interesting looking stringed instrument played with a bow and has wooden keys near the frets...had to look that one up), cello, and waterphone. Katherine Hill plays the Viol, Nyckelharpa, and provides vocals on "Standish" (track 16) and "Isle of Wight" (track 15). Ben Grossman plays the Hurdy Gurdy and the Jouhikko (another interesting stringed instrument originating from Finland). As you can see, there are a lot of unique and old world instrumentation that is used in this score. The Element Choir, directed by Christine Duncan, also provides the strange vocals heard throughout the soundtrack. The choir is amazing and I would love to see some footage from the rehearsals for this soundtrack....just because of the unique sounds they produce. I have the CD version of this release and I'd have to say that the recording is really amazing. For example, "The Goat & The Mayhem" (track 12) has these rattling stick sounds that come out of the speakers like they are falling on the floor of your room. There is another sound within this track that sounds like a percussion instrument (might be more sticks) that tap in such a way that it sounds like someone is running from a distance and into one speaker and out the other. This one track then crescendos into a massive dissonance of sound that is just wrenching in the end. There are some cues that are a bit more like....music. The opening cue entitled "What Went We" (love that title) uses some of the unique instrumentation and cello in a more melodic way. "Isle of Wight" (track 15), performed by Katherine Hill is very well done and has a very "old world" vibe to it, as well as, "Standish" (track 16). The composer uses some interesting percussion throughout the score as well. It's often disjointed and unsettling creating the feeling of tripping, falling, and up again rather than serving a function like keeping time or rhythm. You'll hear this in cues like "William and Tomasin" (track 10).
This score is certainly a strange one. If your a fan of Joseph Bishara's film scores, you might want to check out this one from Mark Korven as well. Both composers toss traditional film scores out the window and prefer to toy around with experimental techniques in conveying atmosphere, mood, and musical psychology upon their listeners. Who is Mark Korven anyway? Doing a little research and I found out that he did the music for "The Cube" (1997) but has mostly composed for documentaries, TV movies, and film shorts. I love his use of really old instrumentation in this film (some which I've never heard of). I haven't seen the film yet but I've heard good things about it. Very excited to see this film and see how the music...or soundscape...plays out in it.
The CD version of this soundtrack contains 16 tracks and runs about 39 minutes. It's released through Milan records and comes in a digipack but no insert. The inside cover contains musician and choir credits while the back cover has track listings. It's a very strange release indeed and certainly not for every film score fan. It's not something that I am going to pop into the CD player everyday by no means but I have some ideas for that "Witch's Coven" cue during the Halloween season! It's certainly a soundtrack to appreciate and I especially like hearing some of the unique instrumentation that you don't find traditionally in film music. I do think that Bishara fans might want to check this out however. Enjoy it, be puzzled by it, just be careful not to freak yourself out!
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Recomiendo particularmente la edición en vinilo, ya que además de permitir que se aprecien con mayor profundidad los detalles que le dan cuerpo y sustancia a cada pieza, se trata de un objeto bellísimo: el disco viene en un hermoso color plata marmoleado en negro; y aunque el artwork es sencillo, también es bastante efectivo y elegante.
The pressing itself is a fantastic silver/black starburst and comes beautifully packaged. It also includes a digital download of the album, which is great for times when the turntable isn't handy.
Il vinile è molto bello, copertina come in foto e il disco è protetto da un cartoncino nero che evita spostamenti pericolosi. All'interno è presente anche un codice per scaricare l'intera colonna sonora in mp3.
Acquisto consigliato, nonostante qualche problemino ne è valsa la pena :)
Compré el soundtrack con emoción debido a lo interesante de sus pistas, esperaba escucharlo en formato Vinyl para resaltar los instrumentos. Pero cuando lo abrí, estaba completamente sucio y dañado desde su impresión. Además de qué no era color plata con negro cómo está descrito en todas las páginas del disco, incluso en una opinión anterior.
Si te gustan los vinilos con diseño, te lo recomiendo.
Le son est de grande qualité avec néanmoins quelques rares craquements ou pops statiques ne venant pas réellement gâcher la lecture.
La couleur marbré gris et noir du vinyle est réellement superbe.
Si vous trouvez que mon commentaire vous a été utile, pouvez-vous cliquer en bas sur "Oui", Un grand merci !