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Black Site
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Max Sweiry
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 19 December 2019

MovieScore Media release Max Sweiry's '80s inspired score, with additional music by Joe Froud and Simon Martins. Black Site follows a young woman who is forced to push past her worst fears and battle to deport an ancient entity back to where it came from. Set inside an underground military base known as The Artemis Black Site, the movie mixes an Escape From New York style survival story with Lovecraftian elements, as we witness an elite military unit encounter a supernatural entity, known as The Elder Gods, forcing them into battle against an army from another world...

The soundtrack to Black Site blends traditional '80s inspired composition with more modern elements. It opens with 'Black Site', which comes straight out of Klaus Doldinger playbook. If you're not reminded of Doldinger's score for The Neverending Story, then you probably are too young to remember how experimental the electronic music scene was back then. Those of us that lived and breathed this sort of score will be taken on a wonderful nostalgic trip.

Talking about the project, composer Max Sweiry said: "When I met with Tom Paton [writer/director] to discuss the music for Black Site, it was clear that above all, the score had to compliment the style in which the movie was written; we could have gone with a big epic orchestral score throughout the fight scenes and emotional instances, but this would not have given the film the feeling the director envisaged. After agreeing on the use of synthesizers and electronic elements to bring the movie into the '80s, we realised that certain modern elements were also needed to compliment the mysterious tone surrounding characters such as The Elder Gods. Melodic driven '80s elements bring a supernatural feeling to the movie, whilst the darker more modern tones help to bring to the forefront a pending feeling of doom which is reflected through the main character and the battle she faces throughout the film."

It's memorable, fun and upbeat. Even if you haven't seen the film, the diversity on offer and the sheer originality of the production makes this an album that's worth investing a little time with.


Darren Rea

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