November 1999 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

Nicholas PIKE The Shining   Music from the Television Mini-series PROMOTIONAL NPRM 217

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With nary a Dies Irae quote in sight, Pike is not to be envied in scoring another of Stephen King's mammoth TV adaptations. Especially since this already has the Kubrick stamp of authoritative interpretation, and a fine musical legacy to boot.

Far more faithful to the book, and with a lot more airtime to develop musical ideas, the mini-series was often surprisingly successful at conjuring the chills for an empty room ("Room 217") or moving hedge sculpture ("Topiary Tango"). What the music really did was paint the walls red with an eerie atmosphere of unease - even when the family unit seem hunky-dory - with children's chorus, piano, gongs and electronic rumblings. Then when Jack turns fruitloop with an axe, the shrieks and wails are often an unexpected shock.

Sadly, all this relates to the viewing experience. It's an atmospheric score that suits the claustrophobic surroundings of the Overlook Hotel, but can't help but be little more than background fright music in your own home. The disc therefore intrigues on an initial listen, but without the creeping camerawork to validate it, you may soon tire.


Paul Tonks

We were recently sent a number of PROMOTIONAL soundtrack music CDs to review:-

Promotional Albums offer lesser celebrated film composers the opportunity to bring their work (often of good quality but unsung [if you will forgive the pun]) to the attention of prospective producers who might be interested in contracting them for film scoring assignments. Another market opportunity is for short films, trailers, commercials, and other theatre and TV projects where producers with limited budgets might be interested in buying material "off the shelf." Lastly, film music buffs who have admired the scores but hitherto have never had an opportunity of acquiring the music now have an opportunity of buying scores they have admired. For instance anybody who liked Hummie Mann's music for Mel Brook's farce, Dracula, Dead and Loving It (with Leslie Nielsen) can now buy it from specialist sellers such as

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PH: (540) 635-2575
FAX: (540) 635-8554

Specializes in soundtracks, and carries some of those scores you just won't find anywhere else.


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Paul Tonks

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