Room 237 [OST]
Death Waltz Recordings
The documentary film Room 237 was wonderful – absurd, of course, but so well put together. And such a wonderful mood, tapping into the spirit of Kubrick (you get the feeling he woulda chuckled) – and a big part, instantly, of framing that mood, of making that feeling, was the music by Jonathan Snipes & William Hutson. Freaky analogue synth sounds (both vintage and brand new) and spooky old horror-score notions abound. Snipes and Hutson put together a team of players (Bear McCreary composer in his own right for, most notably, The Walking Dead and the rebooted Battlestar Galactica is key to the sound here) and traced around ideas from the past (including bits of Jarre and Oldfield) while making a set of brand new music.
You get the vibe of so many great 1970s horror film moments – music from Goblin, say. Big crashing drums come in, slices of prog-rock and the artier side of metal, hints of the soundtrack music Pink Floyd was making at the cusp of the 60s/70s.
It all helps to sell the tension, weirdness and homages set up on screen. But the music works on its own too – slightly creepy at times (especially on the headphones when heading out for a late night stroll) but full of exhilarating passages.
So well-chosen/created is this music that even outside of the film – existing as an album – it still takes you back to those weirdly wonderful images and stories from that fascinating doco.