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Spaceship Earth
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Owen Pallett
Label: Milan Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 22 May 2020

Milan Records release the soundtrack to Spaceship Earth, with music by composer, violinist, keyboardist and vocalist Owen Pallett. Matt Wolf’s documentary film follows an experiment in self-quarantine. In 1991 eight visionaries spent two years inside a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called Biosphere 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially reimagine a new world...

The soundtrack to Spaceship Earth is rich, multi-layered and dips in and out of numerous genres.

Discussing the score, composer Owen Pallett said: "The film Spaceship Earth chronologically spans from 1960 to present day - it is serious, it is comedic, it is retro, it is futuristic, it is scientific and it is highly human. It is also distinctly American. As a result, I was inspired by '60s sci-fi film scores, Nino Rota, as well as American 20th century music - John Adams and Aaron Copland."

Tracks like 'Oxygen Levels Falling' are subtle, while ramping up the emotional content. It's melancholic pieces like this which really gives this album its glorious edge, ensuring it can be enjoyed on its own merits outside of the film.

The album contains 52 min, 25 sec of music, spread over 22 tracks and is one that you'll enjoy from the first time you play it, but the more times you listen the more you'll appreciate its finer points.


Darren Rea

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