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District 9
(2009)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Clinton Shorter

Conducted by:
Adam Klemens

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Toyne
Aiko Fukushima
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Sony Pictures Entertainment
(August 25th, 2009)
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Available via digital download and on CD through Amazon.com's "CDr on Demand" service.
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Buy it... if you appreciated the hybrid African, symphonic, and electronic blend of mournful vocals, deeply chopping ostinatos, and scrappy percussion barrages in the context of the sleeper hit.

Avoid it... if you would find little merit in the guilty pleasure of hearing a merging of styles from Hans Zimmer's Tears of the Sun and Batman Begins in the ten minutes of harmonious highlights of this score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,740
WRITTEN 1/27/10
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District 9: (Clinton Shorter) A stinging commentary about South Africa's era of apartheid in the form of a science-fiction thriller, District 9 was 2009's official sleeper hit. The independent production, backed by Peter Jackson and eventually picked up for distribution by TriStar Pictures, cost only $30 million to make and raking in over $200 million after an astounding word of mouth campaign and consistently positive reviews from critics. After landing their massive but crippled mothership over Johannesburg, South Africa in 1982, a mostly harmless alien race of about a million insect/biped hybrids is forced by that country into a segregated slum modeled after the real-life "District 6" of the past. Run by a corrupt corporation with its sights on stealing alien technology, this district eventually becomes a hotbed of criminal activity and hatred, and only through the collaboration of one of the company's employees and one of the aliens can the mothership be repaired and begin to alleviate the distrust between the species. The topics of racism and xenophobia are so well masked by the science-fiction and action elements in the plot that District 9 gets its message about segregation across (sometimes in a documentary-like fashion) without boring audiences not interested in that part of the world or its history. Among the production elements that was tasked with bridging the gap between documentary and thriller was the score, provided by director Neill Blomkamp's usual collaborator, Clinton Shorter. For the Canadian composer in his 30's, struggling through lesser assignments for television and straight-to-video films, District 9 is undoubtedly a remarkably sudden (and possibly overwhelming) career turn, and after the buzz about his work for this assignment, perhaps studios will be more forgiving of the Blompkamp/Shorter partnership should a long-rumored Halo video game adaptation to the screen be assigned to the director. The two had actually worked on a short film about roughly the same topic as District 9, though the director and composer decided to toss aside the tone of that score and start fresh with the feature-length successor. This task proved to be a difficult one for Shorter, who, within the first three weeks of coordinating the sound of his score, was faced with the difficulty of the generally upbeat tone of native African music not matching the sinister and tragic atmosphere of this story. The director clearly indicated to Shorter that he desired a score of menacingly deep tones for District 9, encouraging the composer to explore increasingly lower registers with his instrumentation. Fortunately, Shorter had another two months to develop his material into the ultimately bass heavy, sometimes melodramatically tragic music that has earned him so much notice.



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Average: 2.97 Stars
***** 26 5 Stars
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All the f-words kept drowning out the music
JacobT - March 9, 2010, at 2:27 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 29:53
• 1. District 9 (6:28)
• 2. I Want That Arm (2:13)
• 3. She Calls (1:35)
• 4. Exosuit (3:15)
• 5. Harvesting Material (1:46)
• 6. Heading Home (1:14)
• 7. A Lot of Secrets (2:27)
• 8. Back to D9 (1:45)
• 9. Wikus is Still Running (2:57)
• 10. Got Him Talking (2:05)
• 11. Prawnkus (4:00)

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