Sunday, September 27, 2009

[Soundtrackage] Peter Schickele - Silent Running

I have vivid memories of watching Silent Running as a child, of it making me feel awfully sad and teary-eyed. I also vividly remember how moving I thought Joan Baez's songs in the film were.

Listening to the soundtrack now, I could take or leave the Baez songs, but the actual soundtrack itself is wonderful. It reminds me of other '70s-dystopian-y sci-fi film soundtracks, like Fred Myrnow's Soylent Green score, or Jerry Goldsmith's Logan's Run score.

Here are a couple of tracks from Silent Running, plus the complete album, which was rereleased in 1984 but isn't available anymore, it seems.

(Saturn especially is an interesting track - the 'scary violin' part that sets in at about 39 seconds, sounds like doo-wop with screechy Psycho strings..)

Saturn:

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Getting ready:

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Tending to Huey

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the whole Huey, Dewey and Louie

1 comment:

uglyradio said...

Thanks for sharing that!
I fell in love with this movie as a youngster having caught it on television.
I remember begging my mother to let me skip school once to watch it (this was pre-VCR) when I saw it was going to be on in the middle of the day once.
I don't know how I did it, but she finally relented and I got to see it start to finish at last - having always managed to miss the beginning before.