Underrated Movie Soundtracks – Fantastic Stock Music!
Every now and then, a film comes along that breaks all the rules in terms of the stock music used on the soundtrack. Some films have original scores, and some a collection of already existent songs, but presented in a new light. However the music is paired with the film, sometimes it can be utterly memorable. Good music can make a great film, and sometimes you remember the music more than the actual visuals as a catchy tune or powerful track can engrave itself your memory very firmly.
Over the last decade there have been four films with exception soundtracks that I remember time and time again. If you’re looking to recreate a film with a great soundtrack, then be sure to look through the Audio Network Stock Music library to find that perfect track for your project. Let’s take a look at these four movies:
Lost in Translation (2003)
Director: Sofia Coppola. Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson.
This movie follows the journey of two strangers who meet in mediocre circumstances whilst abroard in Japan. They are both fed up and seek the comfort of each others presence as they develop a warm and loving friendship. As they journey through the unknown landscape of Japan, they realise there is also a lot they don’t know about themselves.
The beautiful soundtrack to this film was comprised from a collection of alternative, obscure and underrated indie tracks, which made the careers for a number of the acts involved. Although the songs weren’t powerful or sometimes ‘complete’, they worked really in the setting of the movie, and perfectly complimented the scenery, atmosphere and emotions of the characters. Lost in Translation is a fairly slow film, with a short script allowing the music to really take centre stage and contribute to the overall experience. Artists featuring on the 2003 film include Jesus & The Mary Chain, Phoenix and Air.
The Social Network (2010)
Director: David Fincher. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake.
We all know the familiar story of The Social Network; the colossal uprising of the online phenomenon Facebook. The movie follows the story from one idea to a reality as a young Zuckerberg creates a social online network at Harvard University in order to get popular. The site really takes off and a plethora of legal battles ensue as the various ‘rightful owners’ approach Zuckerberg for what is truly theirs.
The film was an original score by Trent Reznor, formerly of Nine Inch Nails fame. It would be unfair to say this soundtrack was totally underrated, because that isn’t true as it won the award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures at the 2010 Oscars. Nonetheless, the dark electronic sounds of this soundtrack weren’t an obvious fit for the film, but they came out on top in the end, perfectly depicting the struggles and turbulence the students had setting up the website against the odds.
Directory: Zack Snyder. Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Cugino.
Watchmen was portrayed by a relatively unknown cast, but the visual direction of Zynder and the carefully chosen soundtrack really brought this film to life. Watchmen follows the story of washed up ‘super heroes’ set in an alternate history around the Vietnam War. They reform to track down a killer who appears to be slowly picking off old masked heroes, and what they uncover is far bigger than they first thought.
The music was carefully selected for the messages and meaning of the lyrics. The songs are often melancholic, ironic and based on political issues and views that contrast what’s actually happening in the film. Highlight tracks include Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, Unforgettable by Nat King Cole and The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan. The visuals are spectacular too, as Synder is a master of his craft. When paired with the eloquent music, you have a really special film that is a treat for the senses.
Steve uses royalty free music from Audio Network for a film project he is working on. Music for films and production music should be at the heart of any visual project, and using the right tracks can be hard, but ultimately, rewarding.