Bitch About It
It’s been too long since I did this feature. Admittedly, I only did it twice before. But both parts (part 1, and part 2) were a great success. It’s time to do it again. If you’d like to be one of the panelists, leave a comment! But even if you don’t leave one, I’ll probably be tracking most of you blog friends down sooner or later. Also, suggestions for the two part question would be much appreciated as well.
But in a modified version of the feature, I’m going to just rant a bit. Pitch me your own thoughts on the subject.
I’m a huge fan of music in film. Not necessarily soundtracks and not necessarily scores. Although there are exceptions to that. I’m a huge fan, as any ardent Radiohead fan would be, of Johnny Greenwood’s music from There Will Be Blood. I swooned over the sound work in Stone recently. I’m a huge fan of the entire Babel soundtrack. But for the most part, I love when there are songs made independent of the film’s influence and vice versa. It seems that the dynamic and atmosphere of the film is easy to recall when listening to these songs. For example, I will never hear East Hastings by Godspeed You! Black Emperor without thinking of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. Damien Rice’s entire album ‘O’ will always be linked with Mike Nichol’s Closer. And Beethoven’s 7th symphony will invariably remind of me Tarsem’s The Fall.
Which brings me to the subject of this bitch. My two favorite films of this year, Enter the Void, and Black Swan both were full of fantastic music. Like, really great music. Watch this music video made for Black Swan before the film was released:
Awesome music, right? It’s was damn near impossible to find a listing of those songs, and I only came across this thanks to a particularly useful YouTube commenter. Google these songs. They don’t exist.
1. Apotheosis – Pete Min
2. Danka Jane – The Chemical Brothers
3. Outside the Lines – Sepalcure featuring Angelica Bess
4. The White Easton – Al Tourettes
5. Illicit Dreaming – Kavsrave
6. Electric Hands – The Chemical Brothers
7. The Nina Frequency – The Chemical Brothers
8. Dark Sygnet – Jakes
9. Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers (club scene)
I’d buy someone a Blu-Ray from Amazon if they could tell me where I could even pay to download this music. Except the last track, which is an “album only” download on iTunes. This music practically doesn’t exist, even though the film itself gives the artists credits:
Why promote this music if it’s not available? Have Kavsrave and Pete Min just made so much money they no longer need to sell music?
The same goes for the outstanding electronic music Gaspar Noe included in Enter the Void. The hyper-frenetic opening credits at least give us the names of the songs:
But again, there’s no way to track this music down, besides “Air on the G String.” So I’m bitching about it. I would like to give these musicians money for the music they make. Somebody, let me know how. Please.