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Standard Operating Procedure
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(May 6th, 2008)
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Buy it... if you seek an intelligent but often difficult cross between Danny Elfman's own "Serenade Schizophrana" concert piece and the contemplative, hazy churning of Philip Glass' most commonly associated film music tendencies.

Avoid it... if you expect to leave this listening experience with anything other than a disheartening, somber mood, for Elfman uses both the lightly devious and heavy brooding of his familiar style to coldly underline the sickness on screen.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,701
WRITTEN 9/3/09
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Standard Operating Procedure: (Danny Elfman) The most remarkable aspect of Errol Morris' lifetime of work in the genre of documentary filmmaking is his ability to present a subject without any guiding comment whatsoever. He allows the audience to process the cold truths he conveys and assign their own perception to what they see. This continued to be the case with Standard Operating Procedure, a mechanical 2008 examination of the famous photographs taken of detainee abuse by American forces at the dreaded Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Unlike many of the documentaries that delve into the unpleasant actions in America's wars of the 2000's, this one provides no answers or opinions other than those by the relevant people collected for interviews (sometimes paid, though still likely truthful). Morris even acquired an interview with some of those seen in the photos, allowing a cloudy but fascinating picture of the events to unfold. There are hints that powers higher of up the chain of command were likely responsible for the existence of this scandal, but despite a short scene at the start showing footage of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, that mystery is not revealed here. Morris' inclusion of grainy video footage of the torturous photo sessions was the film's best selling point. Still, however, the audience for Standard Operating Procedure was limited because of these grim, graphic visuals; no plethora of positive reviews or nominations at film festivals could gain the production a wider viewership. It was suggested by Roger Ebert that the entire tone of the film, absent and color in the rest of the production elements, fell completely on the shoulders of Danny Elfman's score. The composer claimed to have been impressed by Morris' work since his acclaimed Gates of Heaven in 1978, and Morris likewise had admired Elfman's music throughout the past two decades. The long collaboration between Morris and composer Philip Glass yielded to an opportunity for Elfman and Morris to finally join forces, and the resulting music is indeed a fascinating study on its own. Much commentary was offered in 2008 about the similarities between the style of Elfman's music for Standard Operating Procedure and that of Glass, though most of those resemblances are limited to the fact that Elfman chose to tackle the assignment with the flowing, almost disembodied rhythmic structures that have defined much of Glass' work. Other than this basic similarity, Elfman's music here is distinctly reminiscent of his own history.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:40
• 1. S.O.P. Theme #1: Standard Operating Procedure (5:56)
• 2. The Infamous Pyramid (3:48)
• 3. Photos (2:56)
• 4. The Shooter (3:26)
• 5. Dogs (3:42)
• 6. The Wolf (1:11)
• 7. Saddam's Egg (3:30)
• 8. Main Titles: Vacation in Iraq* (2:07)
• 9. S.O.P. Theme #2: Amnesty (1:33)
• 10. What is Going On Here? (2:32)
• 11. Gilligan (3:02)
• 12. Story of the Ants (3:36)
• 13. The Table Breaker (1:01)
• 14. S.O.P. Theme #3: Feelings & Facts (5:26)
• 15. Unusual, Weird & Wrong (2:32)
• 16. A Bad Feeling* (2:22)
• 17. Birdies (1:38)
• 18. S.O.P. End Credits (1:26)
• 19. Oli's Lullaby (2:00)
* adapted from "Serenade Schizophrana" by Danny Elfman

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The insert includes a list of performers and notes from both the director and the composer.
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