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Johnny Klimek/Reinhold Heil/Tom Tykwer: Cloud Atlas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Audio Samples

>Cloud Atlas: Prelude: The Atlas March
>Cloud Atlas: Cloud Atlas Opening Title
>Cloud Atlas: Travel To Edinburgh
>Cloud Atlas: Luisa's Birthmark
>Cloud Atlas: Cavendish In Distress
>Cloud Atlas: Papa Song
>Cloud Atlas: Sloosha's Hollow
>Cloud Atlas: Sonmi-451 Meets Chang
>Cloud Atlas: Won't Let Go
>Cloud Atlas: Kesselring
>Cloud Atlas: The Escape
>Cloud Atlas: Temple Of Sacrifice
>Cloud Atlas: Catacombs
>Cloud Atlas: Adieu
>Cloud Atlas: New Direction
>Cloud Atlas: All Boundaries Are Conventions
>Cloud Atlas: The Message
>Cloud Atlas: Chasing Luisa Rey
>Cloud Atlas: Sonmi's Discovery
>Cloud Atlas: Death Is Only A Door
>Cloud Atlas: Cloud Atlas Finale
>Cloud Atlas: The Cloud Atlas Sextet For Orchestra
>Cloud Atlas: Cloud Atlas End Title

Track List

>Cloud Atlas: Prelude: The Atlas March
>Cloud Atlas: Cloud Atlas Opening Title
>Cloud Atlas: Travel To Edinburgh
>Cloud Atlas: Luisa's Birthmark
>Cloud Atlas: Cavendish In Distress
>Cloud Atlas: Papa Song
>Cloud Atlas: Sloosha's Hollow
>Cloud Atlas: Sonmi-451 Meets Chang
>Cloud Atlas: Won't Let Go
>Cloud Atlas: Kesselring
>Cloud Atlas: The Escape
>Cloud Atlas: Temple Of Sacrifice
>Cloud Atlas: Catacombs
>Cloud Atlas: Adieu
>Cloud Atlas: New Direction
>Cloud Atlas: All Boundaries Are Conventions
>Cloud Atlas: The Message
>Cloud Atlas: Chasing Luisa Rey
>Cloud Atlas: Sonmi's Discovery
>Cloud Atlas: Death Is Only A Door
>Cloud Atlas: Cloud Atlas Finale
>Cloud Atlas: The Cloud Atlas Sextet For Orchestra
>Cloud Atlas: Cloud Atlas End Title

Album Notes

Personnel: Justin Bell, Jordan Balagot, Gabriel Isaac Mounsey (programming).

Audio Mixers: Robert Baldowski; Matthias Sachers; Gabriel Isaac Mounsey.

Arrangers: Johnny Klimek; Reinhold Heil; Tom Tykwer.

A truly cooperative affair, 2012's mesmerizing new age/fantasy/science fiction/drama Cloud Atlas utilized not only three directors (Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski), but three composers (Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil) as well. The trio, who penned scores for Tykwer's other films including Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and The International under the moniker Pale 3, do a remarkable job in unifying (musically) the multi-layered film, which spans 500 years and six different stories, by ignoring its density and concentrating on a handful melodies as a catalyst. One of the film's most important threads is that of the "Cloud Atlas Sextet," which travels through the narrative like a boomerang, affecting characters across centuries. The piece itself is lovely, deftly balancing sorrow and sentimentality without ever becoming cloying, occasionally subverting the melancholy with impish, wicked whimsy. The other thread, "The Atlas March," is more subtle, offering up a simpler melody that retains its other half's drama, yet carries with it the weight and wistfulness of age. Tykwer, Klimek and Heil could have tried to take on Cloud Atlas' immensity head on, utilizing the kind of explosive, heavy artillery that has become the norm for big spectacle films (which is what many composers would have done after feasting their eyes on the film's epic, sumptuous visuals), but by choosing a more nuanced discipline, they've not only helped to illuminate the film's emotional core, they've gone and unearthed it. ~ James Christopher Monger



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