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Astralwerks (ASW 43484)

Release Date: 2002

Conducted by Carter Burwell

Format: CD

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1. Adaptation (Fatboy Slim remix)
2. The Evolution of the Screenwriter
3. The Writer and the Crazy White Man
4. An Unashamed Passion
5. The Evolution of Evolution
6. On Judgement, Human and Otherwise
7. Whittle The World Down
8. On the Similarity of Human and Orchid Forms
9. The Screenwriter's Nightmare
10. Approaching the Object of Desire
11. Shinier Than Any Ant
12. The Slough Pit of Creation
13. Adaptation Versus Immutability
14. Effects of Sibilng Pressure
15. Evasion and Escape
16. The Unexpressed Expressed
17. The Screenwriter's Nightmare (Zeno remix)
18. "Happy Together" - The Turtles
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by Vaughn Gilstrap
January 12, 2003
[4 / 5]

We open on Vaughn Gilstrap.

He is an older man, somewhere in his mid to late fifties, and slightly balding. His hands are on his head as he is tilted back in his burgundy leather chair, lost in thought, staring up at the British antiques and memorabilia sitting on a nearby shelf. In front of him sits a computer monitor, an older model, but adequate for his work. Open is a word processing program, with the cursor blinking on and off, on and off. The task before him is not an easy one, for he is to provide a review for the score of the recent Nicolas Cage/Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jonze outing, Adaptation.

He sits, staring at the screen. The cursor seems to mock him; on and off, on and off.

Time is of the essence; this review is late. What will he say? What can he say? And how will he explain the tardiness of this assignment to the "big cheese" over at SoundtrackNet? Having listened to the score not twenty minutes ago, it is no doubt still fresh in his mind. Thoughts pour in, but none adequate enough to use. He thinks some more. What would he say about this, the latest effort from composer Carter Burwell? What would he mention? Would he say that this is perhaps one of the most wonderfully dark, somber, and obscure scores to have come out of Hollywood yet? Would he mention that, in an odd and slightly warped sense, this is one of the best scores not only to emerge from Carter Burwell, but from all of Hollywood's elite brand of composers? Would he say that? No, no. Too emotional. Too "hip." Too un-Vaughn Gilstrap.

He pauses, looking at the monitor. The cursor stares back. On and off, on and off.

Suddenly, he lurches forward and grabs the jewel case, extracting the liner notes from it. Perhaps they would shed some insight on what he should say in his review. He browses the notes. Witty and interesting, but not entirely helpful. Should he mention the evolution of the themes? Should he mention the apparent subject matter of one's life having passion and the inclusion of the idea in the composition? Should he mention that the music, in a bizarre way, conforms to these ideas without conforming to them? Should he mention the fact that Burwell's wit in his liner notes foreshadows his genius in this score?

What to write? What to write? Should he mention his favorite tracks? Should he mention his least favorite tracks? Should he mention the curious remix of the main theme by Fatboy Slim? Should the mention the charming conclusion to the score with The Turtles singing their one-hit wonder "Happy Together"? Should he mention that film score fans will be delighted, and Burwell enthusiasts completely boggled at the genius of this score? Should he leave it up to those who desire to meet the challenge of Adaptation and discover for themselves the magnificence and wonder of it all?

Vaughn pauses for a moment, a slight smile on his lips. He approaches the computer's keyboard and begins to type:

"We open on Vaughn Gilstrap."


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