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THX 1138
(1971)
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Composed and Conducted by:
Lalo Schifrin

Produced by:
Lukas Kendall
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Film Score Monthly
(March, 2003)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2003 Film Score Monthly album is a Silver Age Classics product (FSMCD Vol. 6, No. 4) limited to 3,000 pressings and available through the FSM site or online soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you're in the habit of purchasing collectible soundtracks for the purpose of appreciating or studying their fascinating constructs rather than readily enjoying them.

Avoid it... if the limited album isn't worth what amounts to a remarkably disjointed and depressing listening experience.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #464
WRITTEN 4/10/03, REVISED 3/20/09
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THX 1138: (Lalo Schifrin) Known only for the fact that it was director George Lucas' first large scale film, the 1971 science fiction thriller THX 1138 is a reasonably interesting proposition about future oppression in 25th Century human culture. Because of Lucas' employment of stark dialogue and sets, as well as the juxtaposed elements of emotional and mechanical operation, it is a production once hailed as being from the future rather than about the future. The film was received with mixed greetings by viewers and critics (perhaps due in part to an anti-drug message that flew in the face of popular norms at the time), but was elevated to cult status immediately upon the popularity of Lucas' Star Wars in 1977. As genre fans will be quick to point out, there are several aspects of THX 1138, ranging from costumes and sound effects to the humanization of machines, that would be addressed to a much greater extent in the Star Wars franchise, though the director often referred to those popular films as his personal antidote to menacing visions of the future like THX 1138. Ultimately, the film has become an object to study rather than enjoy, and the same could be said of Lalo Schifrin's music for the project, too. Schifrin had been known mostly at the time (and still is) for his well received jazz scores, but the late 1960's and early 1970's had become a time of musical experimentation for the composer. In fact, in the early 1970's movement of Silver Age avant garde tendencies in soundtracks, he had been labeled as one of those "weird" composers who could provide any kind of bizarre music that a film may require. Lucas was looking for exactly that "weird" variety of score, combining a distinctive collection of sound effects with an organic and electronic underscore of minimalistic and alienating personality. Schifrin also had the capability to write material that was affectionately known as "be happy" music, which would be necessary to accentuate the confusing difference between reality and government-sponsored, religious mind control. In the end, Schifrin produced a highly effective futuristic sound for the film.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 55:44
• 1. Logo (0:08)
• 2. Main Title/What's Wrong? (3:13)
• 3. Room Tone/Primitive Dance (1:45)
• 4. Be Happy/LUH/Society Montage (5:05)
• 5. Be Happy Again (Jingle of the Future) (0:56)
• 6. Source #1 (5:17)
• 7. Loneliness Sequence (1:27)
• 8. SEN/Monks/LUH Reprise (2:43)
• 9. You Have Nowhere to Go (1:10)
• 10. Torture Sequence/Prison Talk Sequence (3:41)
• 11. Love Dream/The Awakening (1:46)
• 12. First Escape (3:01)
• 13. Source #3 (3:33)
• 14. Second Escape (1:14)
• 15. Source #4/Third Escape/Morgue Sequence/The Temple/Disruption/LUH's Death (8:29)
• 16. Source #2 (3:16)
• 17. The Hologram (0:54)
• 18. First Chase/Foot Chase/St. Matthew Passion (End Credits)* (7:40)
* written by J.S. Bach

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The album contains the usual excellent quality of pictorial and textual information established in other albums of FSM's series, with extremely detailed notes about the film and score.
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