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Joker
(2019)
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Composed by:
Hildur Guðnadóttir

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Jeff Atmajian

Co-Orchestrated by:
Andrew Kinney
Phillip Klein
Carl Rylund

Produced by:
Sam Slater
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WaterTower Music
(October 2nd, 2019)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Winner of an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you love wallowing in feelings of pity, loathing, resentment, and misanthropy, Hildur Guðnadóttir's score effectively reminding you just why you hate life and humanity.

Avoid it... if you demand that the topic of mental illness receive any semblance of musical sophistication from Guðnadóttir, who instead supplies obvious primordial reinforcement rather than intellectually creative tact.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,945
WRITTEN 8/2/20
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Joker: (Hildur Guðnadóttir) For the same reason that hate and divisiveness prevail in contemporary society and politics, the 2019 movie Joker triumphed at the box office. A gruesomely morbid and violent depiction of a DC Comics character origin, the film was the first of its genre to show unrepentant violence in such a graphic manner, revealing that audiences, regardless of lukewarm critical consensus, seek more glory in malevolence and antipathy with each passing year. The allure of the Joker character seems endless in a society lacking in empathy and cultural awareness, the billion dollars in grosses for Joker proving once again why cynicism, despair, and authoritarian leaders like Donald J. Trump remain popular with an increasingly angry and frustrated public. The point of the offensive film, some would argue, is to show that austerity in government, and its effect on social services like mental health assistance, is a detriment to a functional society, allowing people like Arthur Fleck to fulfill a terrible destiny that witnesses him become the classic Joker villain in this story after copious amounts of blood is splattered everywhere. But audiences don't get that. They become absorbed in and feel empowered by the vengeful display of brutality against everyone they perceive as being against them, even one's own family. You want to know why resentment, bigotry, and self-pity and loathing have led to mass murders across the planet? Look no further than entertainment like Joker, which inevitably either spawns "incel" mindsets or reinforces them. The execution of the film itself by Todd Phillips was attractively stylish enough to enhance this inducement, and among the many praised production elements of the movie is its score by Icelandic cellist and rising composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. The young female artist has shot into the spotlight with meteoric haste, her collaborations with the late Jóhann Jóhannsson and her husband, English composer Sam Slater, yielding the television film score Chernobyl and Joker. Her music to this point in her career has been dominated by sound design and cello mixtures, a brutal, minimalist approach that gains attention by its mere unpleasantness, but it is not particularly smart music. This trend continues and defines her work for Joker.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 36:58
• 1. Hoyt's Office (1:25)
• 2. Defeated Clown (2:39)
• 3. Following Sophie (1:33)
• 4. Penny in the Hospital (1:18)
• 5. Young Penny (2:02)
• 6. Meeting Bruce Wayne (4:36)
• 7. Hiding in the Fridge (1:23)
• 8. A Bad Comedian (1:28)
• 9. Arthur Comes to Sophie (1:39)
• 10. Looking for Answers (0:51)
• 11. Penny Taken to the Hospital (1:49)
• 12. Subway (3:34)
• 13. Bathroom Dance (2:08)
• 14. Learning How to Act Normal (1:18)
• 15. Confession (1:29)
• 16. Escape From the Train (2:31)
• 17. Call Me Joker (4:49)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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