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Black Swan
(2010)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Clint Mansell

Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Matt Dunkley

Source Music by:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(November 30th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... only if you seek a direct reflection of the psychological horror musically expressed in the necessarily awkward merging of the extremely disparate styles of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Clint Mansell as heard in the film.

Avoid it... if you expect this music to translate into anything resembling a sane listening experience or if you believe that Mansell should have better deconstructed Tchaikovsky's music rather than simply chopping it up and overlaying it with tired synthetic techniques.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,287
WRITTEN 1/26/11
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Mansell
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Black Swan: (Clint Mansell) An outstanding psychological thriller that does no favors to the ballet industry, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan shot through the arthouse scene in late 2010 to become one of the year's most notable box office success stories. Positive press abounded for this production from the start due to the rigorous training required of its lead actresses, culminating in universal praise for Natalie Portman in the titular role. The plot follows the damaging impact the world of ballet can have on an already turbulent psyche, Portman landing the lead role in a New York City ballet's production of Swan Lake but suffering from terrible hallucinations involving the competition for the job and her goal of perfection. While her natural abilities lend well to half of her role (as the White Swan), the necessary sensuality of the other half (the Black Swan) proves more elusive, sending her on a wild ride of psychotic visions that inevitably include outrageous sexual discovery and murderous violence. The immense critical and popular praise for Black Swan carried over to its soundtrack, one that presented some very daunting challenges for Aronofsky's usual composing collaborator, Clint Mansell. Obviously the presence of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's original 1876 composition for the famous ballet would be a dominant presence in the film's general soundtrack, though the parameters of the plot also called for Mansell to explore his usual ambient textures while working around the contributions of several other artists. Led by the British electronic duo The Chemical Brothers, these other new tracks were employed as source pieces where necessary, especially involving nightlife sequences, though none of them is included on the official soundtrack album release for Black Swan. Mansell and conductor/orchestrator Matt Dunkley concentrated specifically on referencing and manipulating the Tchaikovsky work into not only source placements (some unaltered performances are utilized for a few scenes on stage, mostly towards the end of the picture) but also as part of a highly troubled soundscape of electronic disillusion. The end result is an intriguing but ultimately potentially unlistenable treatment of a famous piece of music that serves its topic quite well but will clearly disturb any listener on album if that person expects to hear Tchaikovsky performances without a substantial amount of intentionally obnoxious overlays. The album is one of those true souvenir products that will please those seeking an intellectual musical remnant of the film but for others will be an impossible slog through extremely difficult discord between musical styles.



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Mansell strikes again
Doppity - January 29, 2011, at 8:49 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:28
• 1. Nina's Dream (2:48)
• 2. Mother Me (1:06)
• 3. The New Season (2:39)
• 4. A Room of Her Own (1:56)
• 5. A New Swan Queen (3:28)
• 6. Lose Yourself (2:08)
• 7. Cruel Mistress (3:29)
• 8. Power, Seduction, Cries (1:42)
• 9. The Double (2:20)
• 10. Opposites Attract (3:45)
• 11. Night of Terror (8:01)
• 12. Stumbled Beginnings... (3:51)
• 13. It's My Time (1:30)
• 14. A Swan is Born (1:38)
• 15. Perfection (5:44)
• 16. A Swan Song (for Nina) (6:23)

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The sparse insert includes a note from Mansell about the challenges of working on this assignment.
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