Artist: Carter Burwell

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Album:Where the Wild Things Are: Soundtrack

Where the Wild Things Are: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Carter Burwell, Karen O. & the Kids

Inside Karen O is a Wild Thing—as singer for the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs, her wild thing is in your face, vulnerable, obnoxious, tender, exciting…a self-proclaimed “spazoid.” To Oscar-nominated Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze, however, Karen O and her music possess something of a child-like innocence, a guileless charm that put her exactly on the right emotional wavelength to sonically capture the film, be it a tender moment or a wild rumpus.

To compose the music, O enlisted friends and fellow musicians she believed had a musical intuition that would bolster her intent to marry sound to vision. Dubbed Karen O and the Kids, these include Tristan Bechet (Services), Tom Biller (co-producer with Karen O and member of Afternoons), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion, Alaska), Nick Zinner, (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and an untrained children’s choir.

Album:Adaptation: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Adaptation: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Carter Burwell

Adaptation reunites Carter Burwell (of Coen brothers renown) with director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman, the creative team behind 1999’s Being John Malkovich, with equally noteworthy results. Although selections like “The Unexpressed Expressed” lean heavily on romantic strings, Burwell’s harmonic progressions rarely culminate in obvious resolutions, mirroring the frustration of the film’s protagonist, a screenwriter struggling to translate a nonfiction work into a workable screenplay. Less predictable timbres propel other cuts—”The Evolution of…

Album:Being John Malkovich: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Being John Malkovich: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Carter Burwell

Writing a soundtrack for Being John Malkovich couldn't have been an easy task for Carter Burwell. How many films so freely sneak between absurdity, fantasy, and dark melancholy--often in the same scene? Thankfully, the film composer rose to the task. The music of Being John Malkovich varies from introspective simple piano solos to a snippet of Bartók, but mostly revolves around an orchestrated theme found from the start of the movie (heard in the track "Puppet Love" all the way through "Future Vessel"). There are some odd surprises, such as…

Album:Kinsey: Original Score

Kinsey: Original Score

Carter Burwell

This is the score to the film “Kinsey”, about the life and work of sex-researcher Alfred Kinsey. The film, written and directed by Bill Condon and starring Liam Neeson as Kinsey and Laura Linney as his wife, puts Kinsey’s work in its mid-20th-century and mid-western American context. Carter Burwell’s score weaves between Kinsey’s life-long interest in nature—its grandeur and its limitless variety—and the intimacy of human sexuality which became his ultimate field of exploration. It’s performed by a small ensemble of exceptional musicians, mostly members of the New York Philharmonic.

Album:The Man Who Wasn't There: Original Soundtrack

The Man Who Wasn't There: Original Soundtrack

Carter Burwell

Twenty years after their accomplished and unsettling first feature film, Blood Simple, the brothers Coen have returned to their film noir roots with an ominous, monochromatic vengeance. As in all their films, music again plays a crucial supporting role and that means the sonic seasonings of career collaborator Carter Burwell, along with a slate of typically obtuse catalog choices. Though that latter music is hardly the sort of smoky urban jazz usually associated with the genre, its mood and composer are as brooding as they come: Ludwig van…

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