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Nineteen Eighty-Four
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Dominic Muldowney

Performed by:
The Endymion Ensemble and The London Voices

Co-Produced by:
Christopher Landry
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Airstrip One Co.
(March 20th, 1999)
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Limited commercial release, available mostly through specialty outlets at the time of its initial release.

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Buy it... if you've ever been curious about what the original score for Nineteen Eighty-Four sounded like before it was rudely replaced by the studio with pop material by the Eurythmics.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to express the passion and soul of the film's story, for Dominic Muldowney's music provides all the basic emotional tools but expresses them without any true power.
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WRITTEN 3/26/99, REVISED 6/13/08
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Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Music of Oceania: (Dominic Muldowney) The most definitive adaptation of George Orwell's classic vision of both post-war England and the potential future under the likes of Hitler and Stalin came in 1984 itself, when director Michael Radford sought to completely recreate the exact times and locations in Orwell's story. With the help of a strong adaptation in the script and appropriately troubled performances by lead actors John Hurt and Richard Burton (who died shortly after finishing this film), Nineteen Eighty-Four became a critical and popular success, especially outside of Britain. The production's extremely gloomy visuals were among its other great assets, though the soundtrack has always remained its most controversial aspect. Virgin films, a fledgling studio at the time, badly rearranged parts of Radford's work, to such an extent that he declined a BAFTA nomination for "Best Picture" that year (he would, though, eventually be nominated for an Oscar for 1995's Il Postino). The studio's most unforgivable blunder in the opinions of many was the replacement of most of the original score by young British composer Dominic Muldowney with pop song alternatives by the group Eurythmics, which was a leading band at the time for Virgin. The problem with this move was that Muldowney had been brought into the fold early in the production due to the film's need for a fair amount of source music. Muldowney composed and recorded 25 minutes of material that would be used as that source material, sometimes involving singing by the cast, during the filming. Upon being impressed by this work, Radford asked the composer to write the remainder of the score. In the end, most of that recorded material was removed from the picture by Virgin, and the score fell into obscurity. There had been a widespread effort in the early 1980's to experiment with non-traditional rock elements in situations that didn't naturally suit them (Toto's score for Dune the same year as Nineteen Eighty-Four was likely the most famous of these attempts), and, as expected, the odd balance between the remaining Muldowney score with the synthetic Eurythmics tones causes consistency problems in the picture.

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hear the original soundtrack in the movie
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Total Time: 54:28
• 1. Aria (1:12)
• 2. This is Our Land (1:26)
• 3. Main Title: "Oceania, 'Tis for Thee" (2:44)
• 4. Winston's Diary/The Dream (4:22)
• 5. Dead Insects and Cheap Perfume (2:32)
• 6. The Ministry of Truth (3:09)
• 7. Thoughtcrime (1:45)
• 8. The Chestnut Tree Cafe/Victory March for the Returning Heroes of the Malabar Front (4:43)
• 9. Paddington Station/"The Hiking Song" (2:12)
• 10. Winston and Julia (3:14)
• 11. Party Rally (1:59)
• 12. A Room Upstairs at Charrington's (3:15)
• 13. Was There Ever a Time? (0:14)
• 14. Winston Meets O'Brien (1:02)
• 15. Leaving the Proletarian Zone (1:43)
• 16. The Inner Party Speaker (1:12)
• 17. Memories of Mother (2:02)
• 18. Victory Square (2:49)
• 19. "The Washerwoman's Song" (2:08)
• 20. The Place Where There is No Darkness (3:00)
• 21. The White Cell (0:53)
• 22. The Corridor to Room 101 (1:50)
• 23. Winston at the Cafe (0:46)
• 24. End Titles (4:07)

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The album includes extensive notes about the film, score, album, and composer. Also included are lyrics to the source songs. Below is a part of that notation, as also seen on early presses releases for the album:

    Director Michael Radford (Il Postino) and his producer-partner Simon Perry brought to the screen the definitive adaptation of George Orwell's 1948 classic novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Shot in and around the precise locations and on the dates chronicled in Orwell's novel, the cast included John Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher and, in his final screen role, Richard Burton. The film opened to unanimously favorable reviews and was nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy) Award for Best Picture. Nineteen Eighty-Four recently became a permanent addition to the Sundance Institute Collection as a classic work of 20th century cinema.

    Composer Dominic Muldowney ("The Ploughman's Lunch," "Emma," "King Lear") created an original orchestral score for the film and a series of "source music" pieces for the dystopic world of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. The album combines lush, romantic suites, large choral works and grand, moving anthems into an aural rendering of the film. Controversy arose at the time of the film's release, as its distributor, Virgin Films, replaced much of the score with pop songs by Eurythmics. All of Muldowney's original score has been digitally remastered and mixed by academy award-winning sound designer and composer Alan Howarth using the original 24-track recordings, and can now be heard here for the first time anywhere.
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