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Requiem for a Dream (2000 Film) Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 17 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004Y6Q5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Summer Overture
2. Party
3. Coney Island Dreaming
4. Party
5. Chocolate Charms
6. Ghosts of Things to Come
7. Dreams
8. Tense
9. Dr. Pill
10. High on Life
11. Ghosts
12. Crimin' & Dealin'
13. Hope Overture
14. Tense
15. Bialy & Lox Conga
16. Cleaning Apartment
17. Ghosts-Falling
18. Dreams
19. Arnold
20. Marion Barfs
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Writer/director Darren Aronofsky follows up his critically-acclaimed feature debut "Pi", with REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, adapted from the 1978 novel by celebrated author Hubert Selby, Jr. (Last Exit to Brooklyn). Set in the rusted mean streets of Coney Island, Brooklyn, the film is a harrowing journey into the psyches of four human beings addicted to their visions of a happier life. The delusions fostered by drug use cause them to deny reality until they are eye to eye with their worst nightmares. The film stars Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans and Jennifer Connally, and is released by Artisan Entertainment (Blair Witch Project, Buena Vista Social Club). The music for REQUIEM is by Clint Mansell - originally the front man for the pioneering English band Pop Will Eat Itself - who composed the noted original score for Pi. Mainly electronic, it includes string quartet performances by the Kronos Quartet.


Mansell previously worked with director Darren Aronofsky on Pi where the electronica was powerfully raw. Enlisting the Kronos Quartet, this is proof of a far more intellectual process to create a through-scored piece. Both on screen and album, the music undergoes a perceivable development. Here it is given three sections ("Summer", "Fall" and "Winter"), and therefore attempts an almost symphonic form. "Summer Overture" introduces a repeatedly impressive central motif. The quartet excels in its sawing performance of it, and by the time of the first of two congas closing this initial seasonal section, you'll be prepared for the unexpected explosions of dissonance to follow. The final third ("Winter") puts a new motif through inventive stages of growth. From "Southern Hospitality" to "Meltdown" the sampled strings incessantly build in pitch until the desired unnerving effect has been well and truly achieved. This is music to match the most unshakeably nightmarish of dreams. --Paul Tonks

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In the spirit of Laurie Anderson and John Cage, Clint Mansell makes his own minimalist statement here. He provides the perfect mentalscape for a movie which twitches and writhes, boogies at times, rolls and gently rocks. Dark night of the soul stuff, but also choppily foreward bound. The main theme is entirely memorable and will be repeating itself in your head for days, weeks, years to come!
Kudos of course to the always on the mark Kronos Quartet. What can't these musicians play? If this is your initiation into their music, you must check out their huge output of CDs, everything ranging from traditional African music, baroque, to the most progressive modern composers. They are one of our national treasures!
If you're prone to nightmares, however, you might want to play this CD in the light of day, not the really early AM hours. Like the movie, it has a certain fatalistic quality about it. Suicide Hotline soundtrack, perhaps? For that matter, if you're feeling down in the dumps, don't go near the movie, either. It will just convince you that there is no point. Hang it up!
But if the life force is with you and you actually enjoy a little melancholy edge now and again, this may very well be your background music!
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There is no doubt that some wonderful, sometimes unusual music is composed merely to accompany and enhance the visual experience of a movie. Seldom is the music noticed and when the music is so memorable that, on even rarer moments when it is noticed and appreciated, it still is often forgotten by the end of the movie.
I do this, everybody does this, it's human nature, however there have been a very few movies where I was so taken by the music, that I made a mental note to follow up on the score. This is one of those truly outstanding creations, in which, Clint Mansill and The Kronos Quartet have created an exceptional score for the movie Requiem For A Dream, a tour de force of movie soundtracks.
After reading a wonderful review of the movie. I was reminded how much I loved the soundtrack. No it's not for everyday listening but when listening to, one cannot help be dragged back to the movie, which was both a wonderful and horrible movie. The music was that powerful. The association between the music and the movie are inseparable.
Yes there are numerous very helpful, five star reviews of this album already in the data base but I figure if Evanescence can have seventeen hundred plus reviews, one more for Requiem for a Dream, won't hurt.
This soundtrack is both subtle and powerful and I guess I should add brilliant. It is subtle in that it compliments the movie perfectly, never taking over but always augmenting the story. It is powerful because the music imbues itself into your consciousness, so when you hear it you can't help but think of the movie. Brilliant in it's simplicity, being a simple refrain which is the underlying melody for the whole soundtrack. To the basic melody Mansill varies length and musical instruments.
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Musically, the C.D. is an artistic and poignant merging of quality classical and electronica music. The Kronos String Quartet is known for both its fecundity and contemporary experimental style(s). Their dedication to experimentation is a excellent match for D.J., Clint Mansell's cerebral approach to electronica.
The chaotic and twitchy moodiness of the score works best while viewing the film and does lack something when taken independently. The music follows with erratic immediacy the highs and lows involved in the drug addictions of the film's characters. I remember my first viewing of the film at the theater as completely absorbing. I emerged from the theater in a post-Dionysian stupor. After watching the film later on DVD, I realized that the narrative intensity of the actual story was often carried by the emotive strength of the soundtrack. Without any reference to the narrative of the film, the frequent swapping of blissful interludes (which decrease in occurrence as the soundtrack progresses) with the prevailing disturbing musical theme would seem a little arbitrary as well as too stark for passive listening. It is this minor flaw that cost my rating the fifth star. However, the sheer power of the pathos conveyed by the music warrant its purchase.
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What a film, straight after watching it I had to get the soundtrack. It came in a slipcase and the track names where covered. When i got it home and opened it up, i was shocked at seeing 30+ tracks. They ranged from 20 seconds to 4 minutes but the average is probably 1 min 10sec's per track which is deeply disapointing.
What the lazy buggers have done is to just copy and paste tracks, exactly how they where in the film, same length and all. This means that just as you're getting into a track, it ends which is massivly frustrating. Luckily tracks 27-32 follow on from each other giving you an epic 17minute track to enjoy.
All in all, after searching there are about 5 decent length tracks to enjoy, and because the quality of music is so good i have no choice but to give it 4 stars. Its a shame that they couldn't create a few proper tracks.
Those who haven't watched the film can expect deeply moving string based classical music but with the addition of fused bigbeat/ driving chamber music to give it that dark atmosphere and extra edge. Its basically a string version of Clint Mansells excellent Pi score. That definatly needs to be checked out as does the film. You however might not fully understand the emotiveness of the tracks if you haven't watched the film. When i listen to the score, i instinctivly remeber the certain emotional parts of the film and it leaves me disjointed.
Those looking to follow up the Kronos Quartet in order to find similar stuff shouldn't waste their time. I have heard some of Kronos's interpretations of classical music and although great, its a world apart from this score because it is straight classical devoid of any soundscape or techno trappings. I however do recommend you should at least try out the remixed version of this soundtrack if you are fond of more dance based versions of this score.
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