19 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The producer and instrumentalist Jon Brion has created scores for a number of Hollywood projects, including Magnolia, I Heart Huckabees, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The latter film was scripted by Charlie Kaufman, and when Kaufman made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York, Brion was called upon to create the score. The Synecdoche soundtrack features a string orchestra joined at times by guitar, bassoon, piano, and other instruments. Moods and tones vary, from the ironically perky march, “Tacky Entrance Music,” to “Sex Based Decision Making,” which, despite the humorous title, is a somber piece for piano and strings. The album closes strongly with three songs: "Little Person,” which is used in Synecdoche’s trailer, voices the dream of finding the right mate in a fairly straightforward and touching manner; “Song for Caden” is a self-conscious love song with a morbid, it-doesn’t-really-matter attitude evocative of Randy Newman; “Schenectady,” a gloomy-but-funny slice of Americana that spotlights old-timey vocals, wraps things up on a bittersweet note.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The producer and instrumentalist Jon Brion has created scores for a number of Hollywood projects, including Magnolia, I Heart Huckabees, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The latter film was scripted by Charlie Kaufman, and when Kaufman made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York, Brion was called upon to create the score. The Synecdoche soundtrack features a string orchestra joined at times by guitar, bassoon, piano, and other instruments. Moods and tones vary, from the ironically perky march, “Tacky Entrance Music,” to “Sex Based Decision Making,” which, despite the humorous title, is a somber piece for piano and strings. The album closes strongly with three songs: "Little Person,” which is used in Synecdoche’s trailer, voices the dream of finding the right mate in a fairly straightforward and touching manner; “Song for Caden” is a self-conscious love song with a morbid, it-doesn’t-really-matter attitude evocative of Randy Newman; “Schenectady,” a gloomy-but-funny slice of Americana that spotlights old-timey vocals, wraps things up on a bittersweet note.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Go.lightly ,

Synecdoche's soundtrack is beautiful!

You must listen to this soundtrack and watch the movie. You will reflect, cry, laugh and wonder your purpose in this world. Jon Brion is truly amazing.

emblood ,

Deanna Storey

This is a brilliant soundtrack, one of Brion's best. I think, however, what makes it, is Deanna Storey's vocals. She isn't even mentioned in itunes review of the CD, nor is she even on itunes. I would really like to see her CD "Sometimes I'm Happy" on for sale on here.

lindylakeside ,

Amazing.... simply that.

No other composer could put together a piece so appropriate for Synecdoche. It seems as though Charlie Kaufman and Jon Brion were on the same page the whole time while producing this film.

My favorite tracks are all of the Dmi... tracks (Dmi stands for the key in which the song was composed)

They just have such an protruding theme that I just fell in love with.

Amazing movie and OST.

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