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Insomnia
(2002)
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Composed and Produced by:
David Julyan

Conducted by:
Nick Ingman

Orchestrated by:
Martyn Harry
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(May 14th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a decent representation of the physical state of insomnia in musical form, dulling your senses with a haze of slightly off-kilter orchestral atmosphere.

Avoid it... if you require distinctly memorable constructs or instrumental applications in film music that engages your senses rather potentially putting you, ironically, to sleep.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #661
WRITTEN 5/31/02, REVISED 2/26/09
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Insomnia: (David Julyan) For the critically successful 2002 thriller Insomnia, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan produced a murder mystery that takes place in Alaska during the summer season. Thus, the sun never really dips below the horizon, and the 24-hour per day sunlight can cause insomnia for those who are not accustomed to it. Hence the title of the film and a substantial aspect of the detective-related plot. The production was actually a remake of a 1997 film that is often considered superior to this Hollywood version, though the storyline of Nolan's telling at least makes a concerted effort to remain true to the original circumstances. A cast of three Oscar winners is somewhat underutilized, however, not allowing any of them to shine particularly brightly. For the task of scoring Insomnia, Nolan once again teamed with composer David Julyan to produce a low key, relatively quiet musical effort that assists in maintaining the environment of the bleak landscape on film without intruding upon it. The works of Julyan have been most notably tied to those of Nolan (prior to the resurrection of the Batman franchise); both men were best known at the time for their collaborations on Following and the award-winning Memento more recently. The score shares more in common with the previous collaborations than just a single word title, because much of Insomnia is reminiscent of the hauntingly underplayed methodology utilized in Memento. For the budding fan group of Julyan's work, this score was a welcome extension of the same general style. Outside of his collaborations with Nolan, Julyan's filmography was sparse, leading many to consider him as a young wildcard who could have taken a career step in any direction from this point on. His badly underdeveloped score for The Prestige in 2006 didn't help his cause, however.

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Alternative review
Joep - June 9, 2005, at 7:09 a.m.
1 comment  (1728 views)
The Score
Steve Alpert - October 14, 2003, at 10:48 a.m.
1 comment  (1821 views)
A Great Score!
Luis L. - May 21, 2003, at 6:16 p.m.
1 comment  (1953 views)
Remember "Fargo"?
jan von villiams - June 20, 2002, at 12:13 a.m.
1 comment  (2065 views)
Why so bad rating? *NM*
Vestard - June 10, 2002, at 12:59 p.m.
1 comment  (2135 views)
Good score
Chris the White - June 7, 2002, at 6:09 a.m.
1 comment  (1639 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 57:06
• 1. Opening Titles/Blood Drips (2:47)
• 2. The Glacier (3:02)
• 3. Kay's Theme (3:41)
• 4. Kay's Bag (2:15)
• 5. Fog (5:12)
• 6. Will Hides the Gun (2:11)
• 7. Call to Hap's Widow (3:43)
• 8. Crimescene (2:23)
• 9. The Dead Dog (3:30)
• 10. Walter's Phone Call (3:22)
• 11. Kay's Funeral (1:19)
• 12. Walter's Apartment (3:36)
• 13. Ellie's Theme (1:50)
• 14. Will Confronts Walter (2:42)
• 15. Will's Confession (2:33)
• 16. Walter's Lake House (5:47)
• 17. "Let Me Sleep" (2:42)
• 18. Closing Titles (4:05)

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