Soundtrack review: The Art Of Listening

Soundtrack review: The Art Of Listening

The Art Of Listening Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Art Of Listening by Christopher Willits.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 96
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 28.2
Album Excellence: 78.4%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

The Art Of Listening is a 2016 American documentary directed by Michael Coleman & Emmanuel Moran and starring John Luther Adams, Peter Alyea & Beacon. The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice. The score is composed by Christopher Willits.

Did you read the synopsis? That should go straight into the hearts of soundtrack fans. I mean this is really interesting. Of course the intent of someone’s music doesn’t necessarily mean that it will reach it’s goal. That’s why we have review sites and different opinions. A score to a movie that has all to do with how a composer’s sound reaches someone’s ear and the intent behind is just the kind of documentary that will and should gather some discussion. One will be the crowd who thinks the score by Willits is terrible for this subject. It’s a controversial score and I’ll tell you why right now. You only have to listen to the first cue to understand why someone out there will be pissed off. ‘Ama’ is a very good, even excellent example of what this score is and can do.

Many probably were not expecting this kind of score because sound can be so many things. This is monotone, minimalistic, synth heavy, and the notes that hits the ears will not go down well for some. I believe the intent of Willits is not to create controversy, but perhaps prove a point and at the same time create a great score for this documentary. From the moment Willits had an idea and started hitting that keyboard he knew what he was going for and the intent behind it. I’m not sure I understand the intent behind the score, but what I do know is that I love what I’m hearing. Even though it’s hardly expressive and playful at all, it’s monotone and simplistic notes hit me with an immense emotional force. To someone else, this doesn’t even qualify as music. So whatever Willits intent was behind every note, there’s no way he can get everyone to understand what he was trying to do. As music though, this score hits me right in the heart. It’s beautiful, evocative and very emotional. Some cues are more complex than others, but it doesn’t break it’s own pattern and I love a great consistent score when I find it, and this is one such score. Check it out if you dare.

1. Ama
2. Winding
3. Making
4. Nucleus
5. Sps
6. Words
7. Tonal
10. Beginning

GD Star Rating


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