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Solaris (Score)

An album by Cliff Martinez

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The Epitome of Ambient Melodies

  • May 14, 2006
I can recall seeing Solaris for the first time and being totally taken away by the film. The directing, editing, acting, set design, story, philosophy and psychology of the motion picture. However, none of this would be relevant if it were for the soundtrack of the movie, for it was the glue behind Soderbergh's vision.

Cliff Martinez brings ambient music to a whole new level with the selections from this soundtrack. The music is spacey, aloof, haunting and beautiful all at the same time. I have been able to listen to this music strictly as background or foreground. I can't recall how many times I put this CD on in the background while I typed papers during grad school.

I have purchased other soundtracks by Cliff Martinez, Narc and Wicker Park. Those are also great CDs and if one likes the music from Solaris, then they should consider those CDs as well. However regardless of how good both those CDs are, Solaris is still by far my favorite.

I know there are many mixed reviews about Solaris (2002), but I loved it. I also own the original film and the original soundtrack. Both of them are wonderful and worth owning. As for the Cliff Martinez soundtrack, one can enjoy it regardless if they have seen the film, love it or hate it. These feelings take nothing away from the music. A must have for anyone who loves melodies of a remitting tapestry.

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review by . October 26, 2005
posted in Music Matters
I watched Steven Soderbergh's version of the film "Solaris" with an uncluttered mind -- I had never read the original novel it is based on, and I had never seen the original film of that novel. In that frame of mind, I found myself utterly enchanted by the film, and Cliff Martinez's music is one of the primary reasons why.    The score for "Solaris" is otherworldly in the way that few modern compositions are. It simply sounds alien, not through the use of spooky chords or chaotic …
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Label: Trauma
Artist: Cliff Martinez
Release Date: December 10, 2002

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