Listen to portions of Cave and Ellis’s ‘Road’ score

Posted by · 10:26 am · September 26th, 2009

The second selection is the overriding theme of the piece that I remember playing throughout the film. Beautiful stuff, aka, the kind of the the Academy’s music branch wouldn’t know how to appreciate.

Also worth mentioning is “White Lunar,” a collection of some of the duo’s film music compositions.

(Courtesy: The Playlist)

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  • 1 9-26-2009 at 12:43 pm

    leocdc said...

    Wow, that’s a great piece of music. I know these composers just for his OST for The Assassination of Jesse James, one of the best OST of the decade, that was horribly left out of a nomination on Oscars.
    KUDOS for sharing music of them!!
    and greetings from Chile

  • 2 9-26-2009 at 1:16 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    They really got crapped on by the Academy for both Jesse James and the Proposition.

    The academy really has no clue when it comes to music. They didn’t nominate Johnny Greenwood for There Will Be Blood or Clint Mansell for any of his brilliant scores.

  • 3 9-26-2009 at 2:05 pm

    Dan said...

    Yes, the Music Branch really is clueless. In addition to the above mention slights, they DQ’ed The Two Towers and The Aviator for have too much “previously existing” music, but then nominated Bable, in which the most affecting and striking music was previously written (of course, it also won). They DQ Batman Begins for having two composers (thankfully they overcame this issue for The Dark Knight–granted, an inferior work–yet then failed to nominate it). Silly people.

  • 4 9-26-2009 at 2:19 pm

    leocdc said...

    It happened the same thing with TAOJJ. It was written for 2 composers so they DQ.
    And how do you explain that Slumdog Millonaire won last year when it wasn’t even a soundtrack… it was more like a score, like Juno or Swenney Todd, etc. By far the best OST last year was TCCoBB or Wall-e (for me, of score)

    PD: It’s beautiful this Road’s piece of music. I don’t know if keep on listening or hold on til I see it.

  • 5 9-26-2009 at 3:09 pm

    andrew said...

    leocdc i think you have you’re terms mixed up. Slumdog Millionare wasn’t even a score….it was more like a soundtrack.

  • 6 9-26-2009 at 4:21 pm

    Chris138 said...

    Damn I love Nick Cave.

    …and the Bad Seeds.

  • 7 9-27-2009 at 12:19 am

    Mike said...

    Eh, it’s pretty, but this just feels too much ‘Song for Charley’ meets ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’.

    Hope the rest of the score is a little more original, since I thought they were really majorly snubbed for ‘The Assassination of Jesse James’, one of the top 5 best scores of this decade.

  • 8 9-27-2009 at 10:22 am

    leocdc said...

    Andrew… thanks for the correction lol… anyway the idea is the same (just by the little detail that it’s the opposite)

    Mike, what do you think are the others top 5 best scores of this decade?

  • 9 9-27-2009 at 10:49 am

    Godfather said...

    Not unattractive but verges on the monotonous. However, not having seen the film, it’s hard to know what connection this music makes to what’s on screen. I can say, though, that the repetitious elementary triads and harmony below the string line lack a certain complexity and subtlety. Its essence appears to be mood-driven and perhaps that’s the point. I was a big fan of the score to “There Will Be Blood” last year primarily because it was more original, both in its orchestration and in its modern harmonic construction.

  • 10 9-27-2009 at 10:58 am

    Puchika said...


    In the White Lunar double CD set, there are a few songs which are from the Road soundtrack. Are those pieces the only music that plays in the film–that is, do you recall any more music in the film beyond what’s available in the CD set? If a soundtrack for The Road were to be released, would there be any more tracks? I remember on the BBC UK interview with the screenwriter, at the end there was a piece by Nick Cave/Warren Ellis that sounded like what you posted ( from “White Lunar”) except it’s faster in tone and has a more powerful use of strings.

  • 11 9-27-2009 at 12:07 pm

    Nicky said...

    This is a really beautiful piece of music. But the last few years I just truly don’t understand what makes the music committee of the Oscars tick. Disqualifying There Will Be Blood score? That should go down as one of the greatest mistakes in Oscar history. They obviously just do what they want to do.

  • 12 9-27-2009 at 3:04 pm

    Jim T said...

    Really good!

  • 13 9-27-2009 at 4:00 pm

    Mike said...

    ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Desplat, ‘Amélie’ by Tiersen, ‘The Fountain’ by Mansell and either ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ by Desplat or ‘Road to Perdition’ by Newman.

  • 14 9-27-2009 at 5:35 pm

    JP said...

    It’s pretty…but really really simple. The sort of music any sophomore music theory student could write for their theory final and get a solid B on: a repetitive piano arpeggio, string pads and a simple fiddle solo.

    But, of course, if it works beautifully in the movie than that’s a completely separate issue and for that it could be brilliant.