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Elektra
(2005)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Kevin Kliesch
Richard Bronskill

Conducted by:
Mike Nowak
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Varèse Sarabande
(January 25th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're open-minded about complexly layered and often elusive mixes of orchestra and sound design in experimental, atmospheric environments.

Avoid it... if you prefer your heroines to be sustained by kick-ass rhythms and consistent, thematic integrity in a traditional orchestral sense for this genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #621
WRITTEN 1/11/05, REVISED 10/19/11
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Elektra: (Christophe Beck) Picking up where her title character's appearance in Daredevil leaves off, Elektra hit the big screens during the doldrums of January, 2005, further fueling rumors of a Daredevil sequel at the time. For this spin-off, the first solo film of Greek assassin Elektra Natchios takes inspiration from the "Elektra: Assassin" graphic novel and the "Elektra Saga" from Frank Miller's run in the Marvel Comics' "Daredevil" series (Elektra was introduced in #168, which debuted around 1980). In her involvement with the Order of the Hand, Elektra finds herself in the same predicament as the lead assassin in the hit cult film The Replacement Killers, serving as a resurrected assassin herself who ends up befriending the family she is meant to kill and fighting her own fellow assassins and their leader. Enthusiasts of both the "Daredevil" and "Elektra" story arcs will find several crossover references with which to be satisfied in terms of continuity, and Fox's films of these combined characters were left open-ended for possibly more sequels in the future. The style of the martial arts in Elektra were meant to rival those seen in the films concurrently sweeping across the Far East, and lead actress Jennifer Garner, during a break from her work on the "Alias" television show, fulfilled the role with more than enough kick-ass attitude and ball-busting physique to make Elektra a sexy eye-candy flick at the very least. The high-flying action and exotic locations, as well as a certain element of religious atmosphere, allowed composer Christophe Beck to experiment greatly with the character of the score. As Beck stated, "One thing I wanted to try for a while was to create textures and music beds and edit and manipulate them to create both strange and familiar musical elements." To accomplish this, he first recorded a small orchestral ensemble specifically for the purpose of manipulating its sound into an abstract sound design. He then recorded an 83-player orchestra with which to layer the more traditional half of the proposed equation. On top of this, a duduk and handful of East Asian specialty instruments make cameos at specific points in the score. Without a doubt, Elektra is an experimental departure for Beck, who was best known for his Emmy-winning music for the "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer" television series, the light drama Under the Tuscan Sun just over a year prior, and a slew of silly comedies for which composers never earn much fame. Of his 40 or so film scores at that point, Elektra was his best known assignment, and you can certainly hear the four months of effort he put into its soundscape as a result.



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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 2, 2007, at 8:26 a.m.
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Alternative review of Elektra at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - March 11, 2005, at 1:54 a.m.
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what type of score cue...
Mike - January 24, 2005, at 11:17 a.m.
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Interview with Elektra Composer Christophe Beck
Bill - January 21, 2005, at 12:38 a.m.
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Top-notch cover art....... not..* *NM*
greg - January 13, 2005, at 10:12 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 45:21
• 1. Main Title (1:31)
• 2. DeMarco's End (2:07)
• 3. Ferry Crossing (3:19)
• 4. Insomnia (2:11)
• 5. Ninjas (4:04)
• 6. The Hand (1:23)
• 7. Gnarly Gongs (1:15)
• 8. Stick (2:04)
• 9. Just Sit Quietly (1:04)
• 10. The Kiss (1:39)
• 11. Escape from McCabe's* (2:20)
• 12. Tattoo (0:49)
• 13. The Forest (1:47)
• 14. Wolf Run (1:58)
• 15. Typhoid (2:17)
• 16. Just a Girl (1:49)
• 17. Homecoming (1:54)
• 18. Candle Trick (1:41)
• 19. Kirigi (2:29)
• 20. Hedge Maze Brawl (2:36)
• 21. Elektra's Second Life (4:55)
* co-composed by Kevin Kliesch

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