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In Time
(2011)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Cecilia Weston

Orchestrated by:
Matt Dunkley
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Lakeshore Records
(November 29th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are an established enthusiast of Craig Armstrong's standard methodology, in which case you'll likely appreciate the compelling adaptation of his style into the science fiction genre.

Avoid it... despite the fact that his sound is perfectly suited for this concept if you expect him to make meaningful use of his lyrical tendencies to develop an airtight narrative arc when one was truly justified.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,633
WRITTEN 1/13/12
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In Time: (Craig Armstrong) In terms of mind-bending notions of future realities, the concept explored by the 2011 movie In Time is interesting from an intellectual standpoint but is also one of the more fallacious in its practicality. The film postulates that in 150 years, money will have been replaced by time in society, each person allotted 25 years of life by default. Natural death has been eliminated, so a person who can bargain for more time or be careful in spending it throughout life can be awarded what we now consider a normal lifespan. Just like in today's capitalistic society, however, a small minority of the rich hoard the available time in an effort to achieve immortality, forming their own community "zones" and manipulating market prices in the lower classes to ensure their goals. When one average man decides to throw the system out of balance by stealing time from the rich and delivering it back to the poor, he gains the help of a wealthy young woman he kidnaps in the process. The concept is particularly poignant during the economic downturn the world was still recovering from in 2011, and In Time managed to steal more than $100 million higher than its budget in worldwide theatrical grosses. Regardless of its hopeful narrative turns, the movie still espouses an overwhelmingly depressing viewpoint of humanity, and no composer seems better at capturing the spirit of tragic torment than Craig Armstrong, for whom In Time represented an exciting foray into the realm of science fiction but who also has written more than his fair share of melancholy film scores in his rather sparse but successful career. It's difficult to imagine a better tailored assignment for Armstrong, whose trademark blend of orchestra, contemporary loops, voice, solo piano, and minor-key brooding seems matched perfectly for this concept. In some regards, he could throw together the aggressive aspects of his prior writing into a mixture that would have served as a very good temp track for In Time, and to listeners who do not subscribe to the composer's rather limited stylistic mannerisms, a glorified Armstrong temp track is what the finished score may sound like. He and director Andrew Niccol agreed that the personality of the score had to cross the boundaries of time and location, allowing the composer to conveniently clash his comfortable symphonic and synthetic elements while using a duduk and slurred strings to insert a vaguely Middle Eastern sound into the mix. The piano, meanwhile, once again handles all the sentimental portions for Armstrong.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 45:00
• 1. In Time Main Theme (1:35)
• 2. Lost Century (1:58)
• 3. Dawn in Dayton (1:26)
• 4. The Cost of Living (1:40)
• 5. Mother's Run (2:55)
• 6. Zones of Time (2:11)
• 7. Welcome to New Greenwich (1:11)
• 8. Waking Up in Time (0:45)
• 9. An Hour Ahead (0:52)
• 10. Ocean (1:33)
• 11. Abduction (2:24)
• 12. Whatever We Have To (2:37)
• 13. Mother's Dress (0:45)
• 14. Clock Watching (2:25)
• 15. Sylvia Shoots (2:08)
• 16. Backseat Love (1:38)
• 17. Giving It Away (1:12)
• 18. Rooftop Chase (2:52)
• 19. You Saved My Life (1:07)
• 20. Surrender (1:53)
• 21. To Be Immortal (1:53)
• 22. Leaving the Zone (1:31)
• 23. In Time Choral Theme (3:20)
• 24. There's Still Time (0:45)
• 25. In Time Main Theme (Orchestral) (2:24)

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The insert contains a note about the score from the composer.
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