Saturday 10 September 2022

The Shining Soundtrack


...because more than anything this film is a great listen. As a movie it's a great soundtrack. Why were we searching for the ultimate industrial noise thrills in the 70s, 80s & 90s? when it was already done many years prior by classical composers then put into this incredible sound design by music editor Gordon Stainforth for one of the biggest mainstream horror flicks of our time. The Shining OST 1980, it's got all the Penderecki pomp, percussion, dissonance, buzzing, scraping, violent intensity, abstraction etc. I mean De Natura Sonoris 2 is noisier and better than anything Einst├╝rzende Neubauten or Liabach ever did, falling spanner sound included. Don't forget the other orchestral dudes Bartok and Ligiti. Ligiti brings the ominous frequencies and electric drones while Bartok's more subtle strings, percussion and celesta eerily enchant until climaxing with a jolt. Then there's the 30s pop of Jack Hylton, Al Bowlly & Pet Van Steeden that 20 years later would inspire hauntology, in particular Leyland Kirby's musical project The Caretaker (which he named after Jack Nicholson's character). 

I wonder if there is a mix from the actual film's sound source as there are a few pieces of music missing here and it's the editing of this noise of the 20th century that brings the extra excitement. Anyway for now here is the track listing for this youtube version of the soundtrack which is much more comprehensive than the original vinyl version from the 80s:

1. The Shining Main Title by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind
2. Lontano by Ligeti
3. Music For Strings, Percussion, & Celesta by Bartok 
4. The Awakening of Jacob by Penderecki 
5. De Natura Sonoris No. 1 by Penderecki 
6. Polymorphia by Penderecki 
7. Masquerade performed by Jack Hylton 
8. De Natura Sonoris No. 2 by Penderecki 
9. It's All Forgotten Now by Al Bowlly 
10. Kanon by Penderecki 
11. Home by Van Steeden, Clarkson, and Clarkson 
12. Utrenja (Kanon Paschy) by Penderecki 
13. Utrenja (Ewangelia) by Penderecki 
14. Midnight, the Stars, and You by Henry Hall & The Gleneagles Hotel Band

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