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Invisible Undercurrents: Cat's Eyes' Favourite Soundtracks
Kiran Acharya , February 19th, 2015 12:18

With their soundtrack to Peter Strickland's new film The Duke Of Burgundy released this week, Cats' Eyes - The Horrors' Faris Badwan and composer Rachel Zeffira - run through their movie collection with Kiran Acharya to pick out their 13 top scores and soundtracks

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Various - 2001: A Space Odyssey
RZ: It's brilliant. So many times Kubrick takes classical music that's difficult to listen to, like Ligeti or 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', and makes them household themes. He makes difficult music really accessible. Something like Strauss' 'The Blue Danube', with the spaceships dancing around. That was a really cheesy waltz for old people at the time, but it became really dark with that scene.

I always find it amazing that Kubrick didn't have a composer to tailor-make the music for his scenes. He knew there was an endless source of music, and it's as if he chose his temporary music and then kept it. Again, he makes things accessible. As soon as you think of the monolith in 2001 the music is in your head. A lot of people wouldn't otherwise have come across that piece.


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