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.

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10 Responses to “Bitch About It”
  1. Vanessa says:

    That is annoying! I can feel your pain…I remember watching a movie which had a lot of songs in it about 15 years ago and I really wanted to play one of the songs on my guitar but there was no sheet music available and I played the song over and over again to guess the chords… unfortunately I’m not very musical so that really didn’t work! 😉
    Vanessa´s last blog post ..The MovieNess discusses Somewhere

  2. Blake says:

    @ Vanessa – It’s the worst! But I’m very impressed that you were able to do that. I would give up out of frustration.

  3. filmgeek says:

    I’m a film music geek and I hate it when I love a song from a film that I can’t find. Anticipating an awesome soundtrack to (500) Days of Summer, I bought the soundtrack before even seeing it in the cinema so I knew it would be there for my listening pleasure when I got home from the screening (I also did this for Mamma Mia! cos I am super cool).
    filmgeek´s last blog post ..Whats On- This weeks cinema releases

  4. Vanessa says:

    @Filmgeek – The only time I bought the CD before the movie came out was Moulin Rouge! Oh yeah! I love the (500) Days of Summer soundtrack!
    Vanessa´s last blog post ..The MovieNess discusses Somewhere

  5. m kavanagh says:

    kavsrave is my nephew, as far as i know he earnt very little, just a lad doing his thing.

    probalably ripped by an agent usual thing

  6. dre says: Kavsrave is friends with these lot from Glasgow (who I also happen to know). He’s released a few tracks on the numbers label. Bigup the Gtown massive!
    dre´s last blog post ..Numbers 039 – Jamie Woon – Night Air Deadboy Remix

  7. dre says:

    in fact… here is his “Quotes ep” which is rahter spiffing!
    dre´s last blog post ..Numbers 039 – Jamie Woon – Night Air Deadboy Remix

  8. Katepatible says:

    I did find one from enter the void:

    Would love to get my hands on the little number played during the opening credits though.

  9. fabian says:

    To find the chemical brothers stuff shouldn’t be a problem. So this Link maybe doesn’t help.
    But hey… I try to help :-). In the black swan music video trailer above is one song before the
    Chemical brothers club song starts. Someone Knows which song this is? It starts at 0.08 sec.

  10. Blake says:

    @ fabian – Thanks man. Tracked down the Chemical Brothers stuff, but I’m still trying to find the others.

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