It’s an interesting notion, pairing a somewhat morose, navel-gazing (but still compelling) movie with a soundtrack that veers between percolating electronica and moody piano and cello, but the resulting soundtrack is an interesting new entry in the debate about electronica-as-film-score (a conversation that’s been unavoidable since Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won an Oscar with their music from The Social Network.
The main themes of the movie are laid out in two punchy pieces of electronic music, “The First Time I Saw Jupiter” and “Rhoda’s Theme”. The former isn’t a piece of music with any great variety – it stays mostly within a single chord – but it does have an insistent, almost Morse-Code-like rhythm. “Rhoda’s Theme” is more interesting musically, by far, with a repeating but long-lined tune that evolves additional layers and counterpoints, eventually including a wordless female vocal and cello. A new sound emerges in “The End Of The World”, but as it mostly consists of a wall of noise and industrial percussion, it’s difficult to classify it as a theme.
Tracks like “The House Theme” and “Naked On The Ice” are no less synthesized than the tracks mentioned above, but they achieve a more “organic” feel simply by leaving the drum machine off. “The Specialist: Am I Alone?” and “Making Contact” lean more heavily in the electronic direction, without becoming dance tracks like “Rhoda’s Theme.” “I Am Over There” and “Purdeep’s Theme” employ percussion without quite becoming rave-worthy.
Fall On Your Sword turns in a decent score, but somehow it never quite fits the movie like a glove. The subtler cues are the most at home within the movie, and the more “active” music, while it’s a better stand-alone listening experience, never quite fits as well. It may be best to hear the soundtrack before the movie, and soak up the music independent of the imagery, rather than the other way around.
- The First Time I Saw Jupiter (2:54)
- Bob The Robot (1:12)
- The Specialist: Am I Alone (4:52)
- Naked On The Ice (1:46)
- Rhoda’s Theme (5:54)
- The House Theme (1:22)
- The End Of The World (1:54)
- Rhoda’s Application (1:37)
- Making Contact (1:15)
- I Am Over There (4:14)
- Purdeep’s Theme (4:22)
- The Cosmonaut (2:01)
- The Specialist: Look At Ourselves (3:59)
- Sonatina In D Minor by Phaedon Papadopoulos (1:18)
- Rhoda’s Theme / Running To John (3:50)
- Forgive (2:39)
- Love Theme (1:58)
- The Other You (1:43)
- The First Time I Saw Jupiter / End Titles (5:21)
Released by: Milan Records
Release date: 2011
Total running time: 54:11