Music Moment: Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind “The Shining Theme”

31 Oct


On a cold Hallowe’en night, it’s actually started snowing outside. Inside it’s lovely and warm… but there has been sod all decent  Horror action at the Farm. NONE of the Icelandic TV channels are playing any horror movies at all so I’ve been forced to watch some of my own suggestions on YouTube. Also no kids have come trick or treating either. All we could have given them would have been pistachio nuts anyway.

But as the night of ghouls, ghosts and zombie apocalypses draws to a close, here is a final haunting music treat. Some people think that “The Shining” is one of the best horror films made. Some really hate it. Me? well i think it’s an excellently crafted movie that looks wonderful , but it doesn’t actually scare me. It feels more like a supernatural thriller than an out-and-out horror movie.

But one thing in its favour is the soundtrack, composed by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind, especially the opening sequence title track. Using snippets from Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique: 5th Movement” as the base, they add a real dark pagan vibe to it. The sounds are old, foreboding and medieval. And that’s before we get to the weird  mating noises, men crying and plucked strings. Truly nasty and terrifying…


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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in music, Video


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