Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Henry Plainview | Jonny Greenwood, OST There Will Be Blood

This epic fragment occurs right at the beginning of There Will Be Blood, as the light comes up on hills that may or may not contain oil. It's a precise musical analogy for Plainview's single-mindedness, as all the strings discordantly make their way to the same piercing note. It's terrifyingly loud, truly hair-raising, and a reminder of what an original musical language can do for a film, akin to the moment our old TV almost freaked out when the mothership starts singing in Close Encounters. Also astonishing is "Open Spaces", with its long unworldly notes and ondes martenots. Just a shame the soundtrack doesn't have any fragments of dialogue: be great to have "I drink your milkshake! I drink it dry!". Make a great ringtone...

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