21 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second of two 2015 Oscar-nominated soundtracks by French film composer Alexandre Desplat had an unusual task: “It’s difficult to show on screen what’s happening in the brain,” Desplat says of the film’s subject, WWII code-breaker Alan Turing. “I never thought the orchestra should be big; we should focus on him. The sensation that this brain is different, faster, complex. I felt that using computerized pitches and scales could render that. Then I mixed sometimes three or four tracks of pianos. Some are literal; some are random arpeggios that the computer plays.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second of two 2015 Oscar-nominated soundtracks by French film composer Alexandre Desplat had an unusual task: “It’s difficult to show on screen what’s happening in the brain,” Desplat says of the film’s subject, WWII code-breaker Alan Turing. “I never thought the orchestra should be big; we should focus on him. The sensation that this brain is different, faster, complex. I felt that using computerized pitches and scales could render that. Then I mixed sometimes three or four tracks of pianos. Some are literal; some are random arpeggios that the computer plays.”

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

sethers77 ,

So moving

Alexandre Desalt does it again. A beautifully written score that evokes all the right emotions. It really shaped the movie and tone very well.

brockamo ,

Alexandre Desplat is really a God.

He started off the year, with a very catchy soundtrack The Monument's Men, which I own on CD. It's a theme that is able to be whistled, which can be quite rare for recent movie scores.

After The Monument's Men he worked on The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was very catchy in that it was music that was peculiar, but fit well with the picture. Also have picked up this CD.

When The Grand Budapest was done and finished, out came Godzilla, one of his scores that really stood out to me this year. It is epic, scary, and ominous. A wonderful score in that it really fits well into the film. Imagine Godzilla going Back to the Ocean without any music playing. It would be nothing. It would be empty. Also own this on CD :)

Finally, this score came out, which has really caught my eye based on the review below. I love fast piano music, such as E.T.'s End Credits. And this has to be exactly what I have been searching for. It seems like a beautiful score. Ordered the CD after I heard the Main Theme here on iTunes. Cannot wait to see the film, love who's in it. Great actor in my opinion. I don't usually write up a review for soundtracks, but I felt like this one was a necessity. I urge you to at LEAST listen to the samples. You'll thank me later :)

Green-paws ,

Wonderful

Another Alexandre Desplat score which deserves an Oscar Nom. I haven’t seen the film (so can’t comment on the score in context) but have read the script and this fits the mood - emotionally and action-wise. The fast piano cue (sorry don’t know the lingo) is perfect for a movie 'about computers’ that is set 50+ years ago. And the orchestra comes in beautifully in the emotional moments. Highly recommended.

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