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The Butterfly Effect
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:
Michael Suby

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Charles Fernandez

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(January 20th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate a thriller score that haunts with its beauty and intrigues with its strongly rooted, usually harmonic orchestral and electronic suspense.

Avoid it... if you would rather hear your heartbreaking orchestral themes without the striking electronic sound effects that litter the middle portions of this particular score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #130
WRITTEN 1/17/04, REVISED 4/8/09
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The Butterfly Effect: (Michael Suby) If the conundrums of temporal mechanics and a time paradox or two typically drive you nuts, then watch out for this one. The psychological thriller The Butterfly Effect was created by the same people who brought Final Destination 2 to the screen, and they seemed to enjoy twisting reality and parallel timelines in bizarre, psychological ways. To some degree, The Butterfly Effect is a another variation on the reality-twisting tales of teen love gone awry, and perhaps you have to scratch your head and wonder just how many times films like this will continue to earn audience interest. Basically, a psychologically gifted, but troubled young man discovers that he can travel back in time and exist with his current mind in his earlier body and, therefore, alter prior events of his life into his favor; but those temporal mechanics come back to haunt him as his changes don't necessarily change the future for the better (didn't this kid ever watch "Star Trek: Voyager"?). The filmmakers recognized that this particular project would, like the events in the film, move in unpredictable ways, and they went in search of a composer who could understand their warped sense of thinking and adapt accordingly. Their early choice was Michael Suby, a young composer fresh out of music school who had written for various unimpressive projects through that time. Despite knowing Suby personally, the producers didn't present his unknown name to the studio originally, but in a stroke of luck, the studio had heard a demo recording from Suby specifically for The Butterfly Effect and he was hired to the delight of everyone on the project. The task of scoring the film was troublesome because of the filmmakers' notions that instrumentation should change in each parallel reality through which the main character in the film travels. Themes and instrumentation established at the start wouldn't necessarily exist later in the film because that original timeline was wiped out. In the end, however, Suby ultimately created a score that was far less twisted than that original idea had been. Much of the varying personality of the music in the film rested on the shoulders of the numerous song placements that forced the score into a smaller role.



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Been trying to figure this song out for years!
Tanna - April 12, 2007, at 10:07 p.m.
1 comment  (2127 views)
Complete song list!
jamie - March 6, 2007, at 5:05 p.m.
1 comment  (2684 views)
This song is plays at the wedding of kayleigh & some guy at the end of the m
need to know this song!!!! - October 15, 2006, at 5:20 a.m.
1 comment  (2162 views)
What about the score ? Anybody ?   Expand >>
Michael - March 13, 2005, at 5:42 a.m.
1 comment  (2200 views)
song from trailer   Expand >>
Stef - February 20, 2005, at 7:46 a.m.
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Newest: February 20, 2005, at 7:51 a.m. by
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Daryl - February 11, 2005, at 4:21 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 43:50
• 1. The Butterfly Effect Main Theme (2:18)
• 2. Evan's Plan/Evan & Mom (2:49)
• 3. Mom and Evan/Evan's Drawing (2:07)
• 4. In the Basement/Knife Blackout (1:27)
• 5. Going to see Dad (0:24)
• 6. Jason's Funeral (0:48)
• 7. Lenny's Explosive Flash/Hypnosis (3:10)
• 8. Tommy's Right Hook/We're moving (1:26)
• 9. Burnt Crockett (1:37)
• 10. Drive to see Lenny/Inside Lenny's Room (2:16)
• 11. The Mailbox (1:14)
• 12. The Diner (1:06)
• 13. Kayleigh's Funeral (1:40)
• 14. Evan's Warning (2:53)
• 15. Sorority Strut (1:00)
• 16. Evan Kills Tommy (2:04)
• 17. Prison Escape (0:47)
• 18. Prison (1:07)
• 19. Stigmata Flashback (0:52)
• 20. Evan & Kayleigh/Kayleigh Loves Lenny (2:42)
• 21. Blowing Up Kayleigh (1:14)
• 22. Lockdown Lenny/Send You a Postcard (3:15)
• 23. Evan's Escape (1:48)
• 24. Everyone's Fixed Memories/The Butterfly Effect Reprise (3:20)

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The insert includes extensive information about the score's pre-production and the film.
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