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The Life of David Gale
(2003)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Performed, and Produced by:
Alex Parker
Jake Parker

Conducted by:
Nick Ingman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(February 11th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you have heard and approve of the music in the context of the film, because this soundtrack is too disjointed to be a "buy by faith" experiment.

Avoid it... if you value vibrant symphonic sound for films of this melodramatic appeal and aren't in tune with heavy metal songs and their underscore equivalent.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #223
WRITTEN 2/4/03, REVISED 3/5/09
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The Life of David Gale: (Alex Parker/Jake Parker) Essentially a film advocating the abolishment of the death penalty in the American justice system, The Life of David Gale features the last minute detective work of a reporter who believes that a condemned man was framed. With only hours remaining until the moment of execution, the audience is conflicted by the man's claims of innocence and the potential for manipulation. Largely a mystery with a keen sense of urgency, the narrative manages to make its point without preaching, which is an admirable trait. The films of producer and director Alan Parker had covered a wide range of different musical genres, including the immense adaptation of Evita in 1996 and a collaboration with John Williams for Angela's Ashes a few years later. For The Life of David Gale, Parker didn't immediately know what direction to take with the music. His two sons, Alex and Jake, are both musicians and had assisted their father with temp scores for his films in the past (and they even contributed thematic material to Come See the Paradise). Alex is an audio engineer and performer of electronic instruments, and Jake is classically trained to compose with orchestral elements. During the shooting of The Life of David Gale, director Parker once again utilized the assistance of his two sons for temp work. As the process continued, a decision was made to simply elaborate on that temp work and produce the final score out of it. Both Alex and Jake were unleashed on the project almost immediately after scenes were shot. It would be the first time this would happen for the Parkers, and it inevitably saved the studio some money. What resulted is, not surprisingly, what sounds like a well-recorded temp score. The director instructed his sons that he wanted something modern and edgier for the thrilling story. Alex produced the synthetic rhythms necessary to accentuate the harsh, banging reality of the capital punishment system, while Jake worked with the London ensemble on the orchestral elements meant to add an organic sense of humanity to the score. The disparate styles of the two composers are clearly distinct, especially under examination out of context.



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similarity to Babylon 5 - Sleeping in the Light main theme (Chris Franke)
zer0nin - September 18, 2010, at 8:24 p.m.
1 comment  (948 views)
Violin song that plays throughout the movie   Expand >>
Morgan - May 25, 2006, at 1:00 p.m.
3 comments  (5015 views)
Newest: August 6, 2008, at 10:13 a.m. by
becca
song at party when they are having sex ?
dave - March 4, 2006, at 8:54 a.m.
1 comment  (1696 views)
Latino Song played at the party?   Expand >>
PAKO - August 4, 2005, at 3:46 p.m.
2 comments  (3029 views)
Newest: April 29, 2006, at 6:26 a.m. by
clem
Song played at the party   Expand >>
Sid - February 19, 2005, at 6:14 p.m.
5 comments  (4327 views)
Newest: April 29, 2006, at 6:08 a.m. by
clem
Nick Cave song?
Derek W. - September 22, 2004, at 3:44 p.m.
1 comment  (1860 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 49:10
• 1. Another Bleeding Heart (song by Alex Parker) (3:45)
• 2. Almost Martyrs (score by Jake Parker) (2:23)
• 3. Ominous Lacan (score by Alex Parker/Jake Parker) (1:42)
• 4. Ellis - (Waterslide Dub mix) (score by Alex Parker) (1:47)
• 5. Pascal/Shack 2 Cell/Ominous Lacan (score by Alex Parker/Jake Parker) (3:58)
• 6. La Pena Huasteca - performed by Correo Aereo (4:54)
• 7. The Life of David Vale (score by Jake Parker) (1:57)
• 8. Arrest/Bitsey Runs/Hospital (score by Alex Parker/Jake Parker) (2:54)
• 9. Huntsville Epitaph (score by Jake Parker) (1:15)
• 10. Media Frenzy (score by Alex Parker) (2:23)
• 11. Motel/Houston (score by Alex Parker/Jake Parker) (2:35)
• 12. Just to Hear Your Voice - performed by Toni Price (3:52)
• 13. Ominous Drums/Ominous Pascal (score by Alex Parker/Jake Parker) (2:12)
• 14. Waterside (score by Alex Parker) (4:55)
• 15. Dusty's Cabin/Almost Martyrs (score by Alex Parker/Jake Parker) (3:16)
• 16. Tu Che Di Gel Sei Canta (from 'Turandot') - performed by Giacomo Puccini (5:14)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from director Alan Parker regarding the creative involvement of his sons in the project.
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