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Instinct
(1999)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
David Slonaker
Edgardo Simone
Mark McKenzie
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 15th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you were among those who easily adapted to enjoy Danny Elfman's more complicated mannerisms of the late 1990's, for Instinct, while featuring some connections to the composer's early days, is structured much like his other scores of the later era.

Avoid it... if you require Elfman (or any composer, for that matter) to provide a strong and obvious overarching structure to his scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #894
WRITTEN 6/27/99, REVISED 8/3/08
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Instinct: (Danny Elfman) The much-anticipated 1999 drama Instinct was an exhibition of two actors at the top of their game. The performances of Anthony Hopkins as a professor gone mad and Cuba Gooding Jr. as the psychiatrist attempting to straighten him out eclipse all else in Jon Turteltaub's film. Unfortunately, Turteltaub's career had been made up of relatively lightweight projects, and too many of Instinct's plot devices were too familiar for the story to be compelling on its own merits. Hopkins' character travels to Africa to study gorillas and, during a span of two years that he's gone missing, he's lost his mind. After brutally killing two men and being captured, he is returned to America to face trial and rehabilitation. The film alternates between tense scenes with the two leads and flashback sequences to fill in the narrative. Composer Danny Elfman had reportedly traveled to Africa himself before tackling Instinct (becoming quite ill in the process), and this assignment represented yet another journey in a new direction for the popular composer. His career changed significantly when he entered his 40's, leaving behind the orchestral majesty of his early assignments and turning to dramas like A Simple Plan, A Civil Action, and Instinct to explore less fantastic realms of composition. His work of the late 1990's is often shunned by the mainstream, though it maintains a faithful following amongst the composer's most ardent collectors. Instinct really is a score that polarized those fans, for it attempted to merge some elements of the composer's early style with the mannerisms of his maturing one. Nothing about Instinct is really straightforward, requiring an appreciation of the layering of motifs that Elfman typically employed at the time. There are themes, but they're obscured. There is harmony, but it's laced with incongruous ideas in the background. There is beauty in Elfman's standard light choir, but it's countered by synthetic bass and percussion. There is an overarching style, but it exists in tone rather than structure. When you put all of this together, you get a score that is distinctly Elfman's, but one that has a tendency to either truly engage the listener or leave him cold. Few agreements are to be found with Instinct, not because it is non-functional, but because it is as elusive as the crazed mind at the center of the film.



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Total Time: 38:36
• 1. Main Title (3:18)
• 2. Into the Wild (8:48)
• 3. Back to the Forest (2:30)
• 4. Everybody Goes (3:06)
• 5. The Killing (8:56)
• 6. The Riot (2:10)
• 7. Escape (3:19)
• 8. End Credits (6:25)

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