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Sound Scripts

Sound Scripts

Article Title

Being Within Sound: Immanence and Listening

Abstract

This paper aims to provide an overview of composer Angelo Badalamenti’s (b. 1937) contribution in the creation of the dark and dystopian nightmares in the films of David Lynch (b. 1946). The pair have had a unique working relationship since their first film together (Blue Velvet, 1986, USA) and have consequently gone on to work on six films together, a live performance piece, a ground-breaking television series as well as several music albums for singer Julee Cruise (b. 1956). Through his use of dark sound textures and moody orchestration, Badalamenti complements the theme of what can be construed as dread in the familiar that is prevalent in the films of Lynch. The following is an overview of the dark heart of the Lynch/Badalamenti partnership.

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