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Dark City
(1998)
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1998 TVT
2001 Bootleg
Album 2 Cover Art
Score Composed, Produced and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Geoffrey Alexander

Co-Orchestrated by:
Julian Kershaw
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
TVT Soundtrax
(February 28th, 1998)

Bootleg
(2001)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1998 TVT album was a regular U.S. release. The bootleg (or 'expanded score') was leaked to the secondary market a few years later.
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Buy it... if you seek dense and complicated action music amongst the most challenging of Trevor Jones' career.

Avoid it... if you don't typically care for synthetic alterations to orchestral music, especially when it involves an extreme enhancement of the bass region.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #416
WRITTEN 4/1/98, REVISED 1/7/07
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Jones
Dark City: (Trevor Jones) When the adaptation of Dark City from its comic book was released early in 1998, it was hailed as a stunning science-fiction thriller, a worthy extension of director Alex Proyas' unyielding atmosphere for 1994's The Crow. Despite the generally glowing reviews, however, Dark City quickly slipped into obscurity, and it's now the type of late-night B-rated content that you'll find in box store bins for $4. How exactly that happened is a mystery, for the film's phenomenal vision, exemplary acting choices, and mind-twisting plot all place it as a potentially superior alternative to the similar premise of The Matrix. When reality is at stake in a film, especially one with as many stylish film noir elements as Dark City, the soundtrack can make a huge difference in actively enhancing the atmosphere, and to this end, Trevor Jones succeeds to a far better level than Don Davis would the following year for the better known film. The output of Jones in the 1990's had been best defined by his grand, sweeping themes for epic films, and his employment on Dark City would show his growing collecting base an intriguing facet of his abilities. He has, in the years since, offering stark science-fiction and action music to such an extent that these talents are now well known, but Dark City was nothing short of a rousing surprise, both on film and on album, when it debuted. Despite the obvious temptation to allow the varied instrumentation and its inherent dissonance to provide a simple backdrop for the gloomy nature of Dark City, Jones pounds the film with several memorable themes and motifs to go along with the atmosphere. His score evolves from its tense beginnings into a victorious reflection of beauty at the end, providing plenty of intelligent and interesting ideas in between that vary on their listenability depending on how high the dissonance knob is cranked. The instrumentation is key to Dark City, for it combines the large orchestral ensemble at the heart of the human story with an extremely strong and domineering synthetic accompaniment that represents the "strangers" in the film. The primary function of the electronics in the score is to overwhelm much of the sonic spectrum with a broad and ominous bass region integral to the story's charcoal-shaded visuals.



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Average: 3.18 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1998 TVT Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:18
Songs:
• 1. Sway - performed by Anita Kelsey (3:44)
• 2. The Information - performed by Course of Empire (4:27)
• 3. Just a Touch Away - performed by Echo & The Bunnymen (5:03)
• 4. Dark - performed by Gary Numan (4:29)
• 5. Sleep Now - performed by Hughes Hall (2:02)
• 6. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes - performed by Anita Kelsey (3:31)
Original Score:
• 7. Into the City (4:48)
• 8. No More Mr. Quick (3:25)
• 9. Emma (3:40)
• 10. The Strangers are Tuning (3:56)
• 11. Memories of Shell Beach (4:38)
• 12. The Wall (1:17)
• 13. Living an Illusion (2:57)
• 14. You Have the Power (12:14)
(About 36:00 of score - track times not listed on packaging)
2001 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 56:22

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NOTES AND QUOTES
Neither the commercial nor bootleg albums contain any extra information about the film or score.
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