Editors’ Notes Though he’s hardly a household name, most American moviegoers have been exposed to the unobtrusive but slightly off-kilter soundscapes of Bruno Coulais at some point during the ‘00s. After providing carefully considered, minimalist soundscapes for a wave of popular French films and documentaries, Coulais provided a career-changing score for the Oscar-nominated Winged Migration. Though Coulais’ score for Henry Selick’s Coraline boasts a few of the composer’s trademarks — minimal, Satie-like piano melodies and unease-inducing ambient tones — it is also something of a departure for the composer. Eerie, sweetly off-kilter performances from the Children’s Choir of Nice provide the main melodic thrust to a number of these tracks and recall Krzysztof Komeda’s iconic work on the Rosemary’s Baby soundtrack, with it’s superficially saccharine surface juxtaposed against genuinely unnerving melodic depths. Indeed, Komeda could be seen as the primary influence here, and the influence of that often satirical Polish composer gives Coraline an acid sense of humor that makes it one of Coulais’ most distinctive and engaging works.

SONG
End Credits
1
1:56
 
Dreaming
2
2:20
 
Installation
3
2:30
 
Wybie
4
2:09
 
Exploration
5
2:03
 
Other Father Song
6
0:30
 
The Supper
7
1:33
 
Bobinsky
8
2:25
 
Fantastic Garden
9
1:36
 
Coraline Fly
10
0:26
 
Trap for the Mices
11
1:36
 
Mice Circus
12
1:29
 
Dreams Are Dangerous
13
1:29
 
Sirens of the Sea
14
1:40
 
In the Bed
15
1:56
 
Spink and Forcible
16
0:35
 
It Was Fantastic
17
2:12
 
Ghost Children
18
1:30
 
Let's Go
19
1:11
 
Playing Piano
20
2:50
 
Wybie That Talks
21
2:11
 
Cocobeetles
22
1:41
 
Alone
23
0:54
 
Dangerous
24
2:25
 
Reunion
25
1:12
 
Coraline Dispair
26
1:29
 
The Theater
27
1:35
 
The Famous Mister B
28
2:25
 
You Know I Love You
29
4:29
 
Mechanical Lullaby
30
2:26
 
The Hand
31
3:16
 
The Party
32
2:32
 

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