Birdman [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Birdman [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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The soundtrack to the 2014 Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed black comedy Birdman features an innovative, percussion-based score from Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez. Also included on the soundtrack are various classical pieces used in the film including compositions by Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Rachmaninov. While Sanchez is primarily known as a jazz musician, he took a more free-form, avant-garde approach for Birdman. Rather than composing pieces for the film, at Iñárritu's request, Sanchez improvised to a rough cut of the film and then re-recorded his improvisations yet again once the film was completed. Hoping to match the gritty, live aesthetic of the film, Sanchez altered his traditional percussion set-up, employing instead the use of different drum heads modified at times with tape to deaden the sound and even attached items to his cymbals to achieve a less pristine, more broken quality. Iñárritu even went so far as to have percussionist (and Sanchez' friend) Nate Smith appear in the film playing along to Sanchez' soundtrack, which was recorded to sound like it was being played in the actual scene. The result is a highly creative, sonically varied soundtrack that matches the quirky, conceptual nature and dramatic tension of Iñárritu's film.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
Label: Milan Records
UPC: 0731383668920
catalogNumber: 36689

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Antonio Sanchez   Primary Artist,Drums
Pierre Boulez   Conductor
Kent Nagano   Conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Beaux Arts Trio   Ensemble
London Opera Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Lyon National Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Violeta Urmana   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Gustav Mahler   Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Maurice Ravel   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
John Adams   Composer
Brian Blade   Original Material
Antonio Sanchez   Composer
Jean-Christophe Chamboredon   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Alejandro González Iñárritu   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Alice Goodman   Text
Shawn Lyon   Graphic Design,Layout
Stefan Karrer   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Stefano Seghedoni   Arranger
Martin Hernandez   Sound Design
Joan Valent   Original Material
Victor Hernandez Stumpfhauser   Original Material

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