Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Angelo's Theme

Loving this short video of Angelo Badalamenti describing how he, with the assistance of one David Lynch, created the iconic and mega-selling (remember when soundtracks, even ones for television series, were a big deal?) music to Twin Peaks.

"David would say 'okay Angelo, we're in a dark woods now and there's a soft wind blowing through some Sycamore trees and there's a moon out and there's some animal sounds in the background and you can hear the hoot of an owl near the dark woods. Ya know, just get me into that beautiful darkness with the soft wind', and I started playing..."

That quote there is Angelo describing the creation of "Laura Palmer's Theme" rather than the actual opening credits theme music. If anybody has video of that I would love to see it. As for now, this is still pretty great. Below I've included a couple of old videos including one of CNN that aired when there were only six episodes left to air, as well as a wonderful video of the cast appearing on the old Phil Donahue chat show before the season one finale. Love the bit where he mentions a supposed rumour of there being an album release of the Twin Peaks music. Phil Donahue: prophet?

And check out the hair on Eric DaRe, would ya?!!


Ro D said...

Thank you so much for the first video with the composer. That is all kinds of cool and weird and amazing. Loved the passion in the storytelling and the complete ease at which he was accompanying his own story with the Twin Peaks music. Brilliant!

maxx said...

I swear Angelo was "inspired" by this Flock of Seagulls song, The More You Live, the More You Love. The lyrics even seem Twin Peaks-ish