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Monster
(2003)
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2003 Promo
2004 DTS Entertainment
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Arranged, and Produced by:
Brian Transeau (BT)

Co-Arranged by:
Michael DiMattia
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Promotional
(2003)

DTS Entertainment
(June 1st, 2004)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2003 promotional album was produced by the studio as a "for your consideration" sampler. The 2004 DTS Entertainment set is a regular commercial product that contains the expanded score on a CD and the complete score (with extended arrangements) in 5.1 surround sound on a DVD.
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Buy it... if you are an enthusiast of BT's style of electronic experimentation, because the audience for this score on album is squarely aimed at those who appreciate the romantic side of his sensibilities.

Avoid it... if you expect anything about Transeau's music to adhere to even the most basic conventions of film music structure, for this is a score that plays more like a solo album than a soundtrack.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,853
WRITTEN 1/15/10
Monster: (Brian Transeau) The story of American serial killer Aileen Wuomos was not destined to be pleasant in its adaptation to the big screen, but actress Charlize Theron's highly acclaimed (and almost unrecognizable) performance of the 1980's prostitute who went on to kill seven men into the 1990's carried the production to resounding fiscal success beyond the arthouse target initially set by writer/director Patty Jenkins. The lead performance alone put 2003's Monster on the mainstream map and, despite its ultimately depressing reflection of the real life woman's crimes of passion and necessity, has earned long-standing respect. The brutality of Wuomos' life is countered by her affection for her lesbian lover (played by Christina Ricci), protecting her even as she testifies against Wuomos in the court case that would eventually lead to her execution. The style of the film was intimate in each of its production values, and an understated score by famed producer and electronica/trance artist Brian Transeau (known as BT professionally) is integral to that appeal. Transeau has never been known first and foremost for film scores; he is better recognized for his production for famous singing artists, a steady stream of solo works as an electronic pioneer, and, while not his intent, a DJ. His dabbling in the movie industry began in 1999 and reached its most active in the early 2000's, with projects ranging from The Fast and the Furious to Stealth (sometimes overlapping with David Arnold on some of his assignments) before returning his independent projects in the second half of the decade. At the height of his film scoring period came Monster, a soundtrack that likely represents more time spent on its creation and recording than any of his other scoring endeavors. Restricted to a minimal acoustic and electronic ensemble, Transeau decided to take advantage of improvements in technology and cost to record his entire work for Monster in DTS 5.1 surround mixes and eventually provide those recordings to the public on a commercial DVD release of the score. Of all of Transeau's film scores, Monster has by far received the best and most lasting treatment on album, including a strong push for awards consideration at the end of 2003, though the material on these products (featuring some of the composer's well known stutter-edit technique) will likely attract infinitely more attention from his own fanbase than traditional soundtrack collectors.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2003 Promotional Tracks   ▼Total Time: 70:09
• 1. Ferris Wheel (Theme) (11:44)
• 2. "Call Me Daddy" Killing (5:08)
• 3. Childhood Montage (Title Sequence) (3:58)
• 4. The Bus Stop (9:56)
• 5. Girls Kiss (7:02)
• 6. First Kill (3:24)
• 7. Bad Cop (6:21)
• 8. Courtroom (5:55)
• 9. First Trick (9:38)
• 10. Job Hunt (2:36)
• 11. I Don't Like It Rough (4:30)
2004 DTS Entertainment Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 194:35

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The 2003 studio promo contains only a plain, white cover sleeve with no extra information about the film or score. The packaging of the 2004 DTS set is confusing, with the cover printed (or inserted into the jewel case) upside down. The set's insert does include a note from BT's co-arranger and assistant about the film and score.
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