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Contagion
(2011)
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Composed and Produced by:
Cliff Martinez

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Randy Miller

Additional Music by:
Gregory Tripi
Mac Quayle
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Watertower Music
(September 6th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also available through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service a week later.
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Buy it... if you have clearly established yourself as an enthusiast of Cliff Martinez's music outside of only Solaris, because otherwise Contagion will test your patience with its inability to mature and adapt the composer's tired style.

Avoid it... if you demand that Martinez enhance the thrill of the film's concept rather than very basically reflect it in several derivative and obnoxious ways.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,458
WRITTEN 9/12/11
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Contagion: (Cliff Martinez) The flash point for the end of the world is Minneapolis in Contagion, a nice location from which a virus to wipe out mankind is introduced into an unprepared American population. Director Steven Soderbergh's vision of an ultra-deadly contagion is developed with realism in mind, depicting all of the expected responses, from public panic to governmental conspiracies involving terrorism, to a disease that kills within days. Convenient to the movie is a strong ensemble cast, several heavyweights serving in Crash-style supporting roles that predictably examine the epidemic from the perspective of those chasing and succumbing to it. Despite the high profile cast and crew, as well as the potential that any mainstream doomsday thriller typically enjoys, Contagion was not considered by Warner Brothers to be very promising. In fact, projections indicated that the movie would not recoup its $60 million budget at the domestic box office. Positive critical responses and a surprising opening weekend, however, gave hope to Contagion in the midst of weak late summer competition. As expected, Soderbergh turned to regular collaborator Cliff Martinez to provide the music for Contagion, a project that didn't really require much from its score to be effective. Although Martinez has been providing music for films as far back as Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989, his score composing career reached its pinnacle with the trio of Traffic, Narc, and, most notably, Solaris consecutively from 2000 to 2002. In the years since, his output for feature films of any significance has been sparse, and 2011 represents a major resurrection of his career in this genre. His attachment to Contagion follows The Lincoln Lawyer and Drive, offering enthusiasts of his electronic textures an extension of the sound with which he made his name a decade or more earlier. Unfortunately, it seems that since that period of heightened recognition in the early 2000's, his style has not matured one ounce, for a casual listener will be hard pressed to find much, if anything, different in the tone and substance of his music in 2011. And, to make matters worse, there isn't anything really different about what you hear in The Lincoln Lawyer, Drive, and Contagion, the same atmospheric dissonance and abrasive synthetic edge evident in all three. Some pleasant tonal passages in Drive and the main theme in Contagion are the only noteworthy highlights for Martinez in these scores, to the detriment of the lot.



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Average: 2.44 Stars
***** 27 5 Stars
**** 37 4 Stars
*** 51 3 Stars
** 71 2 Stars
* 86 1 Stars
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Forget the virus. This score could make you sick.   Expand >>
Roman (formerly Rally V.) - September 22, 2011, at 7:27 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 45:26
• 1. They're Calling My Flight (3:02)
• 2. Chrysanthemum Complex (2:36)
• 3. Placebo (0:25)
• 4. Move Away From the Table (1:49)
• 5. The Birds Are Doing That (1:35)
• 6. Get Off the Bus (2:03)
• 7. 100 Doses (1:46)
• 8. Affected Cities (2:48)
• 9. Bad Day to Be a Rhesus Monkey (2:25)
• 10. I'm Sick (1:29)
• 11. Get Us to the Front of the Line (2:00)
• 12. Don't Tell Anyone (2:13)
• 13. Forsythia (2:48)
• 14. It's Mutated (2:22)
• 15. Merry Christmas (1:39)
• 16. They Didn't Touch Me (2:02)
• 17. There's Nothing in There (1:52)
• 18. Handshake (4:16)
• 19. Bat & Pig (2:39)
• 20. Contagion (3:37)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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