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- Composed By: Steven Price
- Distributor: Water Tower Music (warner Brothers)
- Tracks: 12
- Run Time: 72 Minutes
- Original Year of Release: 2013
Gravity Soundtrack Review
Music For Space and Beyond
By Robert T. Trate
October 20, 2013
Gravity by Steven Price
© Water Tower Music
The soundtrack for a movie involving space can go several different ways. With The Right Stuff, Bill Conti composed a rousing score that highlighted man’s quest to touch the heavens. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick used a variety of classical pieces to set a tone that glided man across the stars. When he needed the mood to be horrific, he had no music at all. Think back to David Bowman’s re-entry into the Odyssey. Lastly, we come to Star Wars and John Williams. Enough said. Where do a director and composer go that is original, yet captures the emotion of everything on screen? Alfonso Cuaron picked Steven Price to compose the score for Gravity. Price, who has only 6 credits to his composer bio, delivers.
Steve Price is relative newcomer to a genre that is already packed with legends like Williams, Elfman, Horner, Newton-Howard, and Zimmer. With only two film credits to his name (Attack the Block and The World’s End), he tackled an incredible and difficult genre. As I previously mentioned, there are multiple ways to compose the music for this film. Forget that the film takes place in space. We also have the story to think of. This is a personal journey for one woman’s survival, both physically and emotionally. Quickly, the music for Alan Silvestri’s Castaway comes to mind. There is also the cold, technical world of space and its vehicles. Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy nails that completely. It is that particular score where Price’s Gravity comes so close. Much like Daft Punk’s Tron score, Price enriched both the music and the film with unconventional pieces. While watching the film, especially in IMAX, we are unaware of what is the score and what are sound effects. To better appreciate all that Price bought to the film, listen to his score with your headphones on. Price brought pounding violins and pulsating pings to the world above our own.
A truly great score makes you forget that you are watching movie. It takes you to that other place and adds a dimension to the film. Without it, the film will lose everything. Steven Price delivers a perfect score that enables us to feel the weightlessness of space. He also enables us to feel the terror of a moment we cannot prevent. By the end, we feel the triumph of the human spirit and truly appreciate gravity.
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