Sound Track.......awful


I found the soundtrack to be awful. The same note from a string instrument over and over again. Then overly loud chamber music. Now, I have admired the work of Phillip Glass who uses repetative schemes but he adds to them building a hypnotizing and elegant piece.Sarah Giles is no Philip Glass! I found this soundtrack to be intrusive at times. And, at other times, distracting. Rather than adding to the film, it was irritating.

PS It is a great film.

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Soundtracks are supposed to be effective at supporting the story, which does not always translate to musically pleasing, though it’s nice when both are satisfied. Personally, I found the long repeated notes incredibly effective at supporting the scenes the cues were used in, and, the period music was equally enjoyable. Then again, there’s no accounting for taste.

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"Then again, there’s no accounting for taste."

Hmmm, there is accounting for taste. It is the critic's raison d'être. It is the reason this site exits. To afford people the ability to express their views and spark cordial and healthy debate. The soundtrack did not propel or enhance the overall story telling, in my opinion. To my taste, it was obtrusive. Of course we know about Clint Eastwood's famous/?infamous quote regarding opinions.

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In the scenes in question here, the soundtrack created a sense of ennui with a touch of nausea - to me anyway. Neither of these are pleasing sensations, but they are appropriate to the “action” such as it were.

I would not choose to listen to the music used there for pleasure, but I appreciate how it supported the scene.

Virtually the entire score to “Under the Skin” was along the same lines - not much to listen to, but quite supportive of the movie.

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From my prior post, "The soundtrack did not propel or enhance the overall story telling, in my opinion. To my taste, it was obtrusive."
I get it, some story lines maybe uncomfortable and creepy. And as such, a soundtrack that is creepy would foreshadow and enhance those uncomfortable feelings. But, that might not be something one would listen to while having dinner.
In the case of this film, the sound track was bad, obtrusive and not in the background of the story but in the foreground. And, it was too loud. [ I did wonder if that was a result of the venue rather than the film.] I found it a pity because everything else about the film was stellar!

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In terms of taste there is no real way to come to a consensus.

I find your observation about it’s obtrusiveness interesting though. From what I remember, having only seen the movie once, was, in the scenes where it is used, the soundtrack enters at nearly the limit of audible perception and grows to the point where it becomes, as you point out, obtrusive. I’ve no doubt this was deliberate as each scene grows dramatically in a similar fashion. I do agree that the soundtrack does leap out of the background and forces you to deal with it perceptually, and typically soundtracks are more subtle than that.

I remember when we were watching it my wife having a similar reaction to yours, thinking the composer must’ve been excessively lazy to compose such a simplistic soundtrack. I actually think the music in question wasn’t composed for the movie but was a selection from one of the scores listed at the end, possibly by Ligeti or Luc Ferrari but I’m not sure. I told her I actually thought it was a ballsy choice for the very reasons she was grousing about.

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In terms of taste there is no real way to come to a consensus.

Obviously on this issue, it seems a consensus is difficult. Some agree with me, like your spouse, and some, like you, do not. On other matters of taste i believe there is often a consensus. Though, it will never be one hundred percent. Sgt. Peppers is a great album.

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So, you know other people that are in my 'camp.' There are probably more people in 'your camp.' The music from the Baroque period is fine. This soundtrack was too loud and obtrusive. Rather than enhance the story telling, it was distracting. But, that is why the ice cream stores have 25 flavors.

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