THE PRESTIGE – Original Score

You know a soundtrack is a good one when you can feel and experience the film’s narrative mood and quintessence, without having seen it. Composed by David Julyan, this deeply mysterious soundtrack is a perfect match for the absorbing cinematic piece directed by Christopher Nolan (
Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins).
Starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Caine, Julyan’s soundtrack layers their performances, often a gliding, molding and twisting of sounds, hanging tones and moods as opposed to sing-along ditties. Slight nuances and subtle touches like piano keys drip in through solid layers of slow chords, while ominous drones can just as easily swell up to invoke dread, and sometimes reflecting the industrial landscape of the film’s historic time period. With no percussion present, this album could easily be used as a meditative device as it slides without solid punctuations or set rhythmic patterns. Sometimes the music feels like respiration or solid bars of in- and exhaling.
Acclaimed composer and soundtrack legend Hans Zimmer happens to be co-executive producer of the soundtrack with director Nolan.

6 / A
- PB

1 2 3 4 5 6
A - B - C

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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