There are a points in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining where the sense of isolation and dread at the Overlook becomes palatable. Those moments are perfectly composed of the direction, performances and most of all the film’s score.
Kubrick was a master of sound and vision. He knew how to score a film like no other. His musical tastes introduced most of us to artists like Wendy Carlos, György Ligeti and Krzysztof Penderecki and inspired a generation of electronic musicians that would later form our modern music world.
Earlier today, Richard D. James, know to an ever growing fandom as Aphex Twin, published his interpretation of Penderecki’s Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, the same music used to establish that permeable sense of dread in The Shining. Here are the artist’s notes on the piece:
commissioned by european culture of congress.
made for 99 analogue oscialltors,
hewlett packard noise generator & composition
specially made for Auxso chamber orchestra
recorded in krakow, Poland, rehearsals 2012.
Until now this work has never been available to the public outside of the live performance that took place in 2011 in Wroclaw, Poland. We still have no official recording of Aphex’s “Polymorphia Reloaded,” but regardless, this is incredible stuff. Click HERE for the artist’s link and download.