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Mike Oldfield – The Space Movie

Mike Oldfield – The Space Movie OST

Nov 13, 2015 | 0 Comments Chad Murray

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Released on October 16, 2015 via GONZO Multimedia
Triumphant. Euphoric. Covert. Brilliant.
Mike Oldfield is perhaps one of the most well-known soundtrack artists of all time. However, this honour is often attributed to the use of his composition ‘Tubular Bells’ in The Exorcist and subsequent works. In The Space Movie, Mike Oldfield provided one of his first ever film scores and the great mystery remains, why are there not more?
With inspiring excerpts from the film embedded in the work, Oldfield’s soundtrack is wrapped in a symbiotic beauty and chaos. The film samples and the music collide and coalesce, juxtaposed, embraced and exploring everywhere between.
From the jaunty Popeye jingles to the orchestra swells through prog rock jams and deep brass ballads. In The Space Movie, Oldfield explores the journey to space touching on styles from across the world and with the crew journeys beyond.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the album is that it tells the story of the film so well, that a listener can experience the entire voyage without even viewing The Space Movie. The moment of take-off in this respect is one of if not the best moment in the soundtrack; Oldfield embraces the samples of the countdown and the rocket taking off and allows the music to subside whilst the rapturous spectacle takes place. As the rocket erupts almost to the point of clipping, the listener is submerged in one of the most unique and awe-inspiring sounds that can be experienced in the real world; some would choose to convey this with music or accompany it, Oldfield shows his talent by allowing the samples to take precedence when necessary but, at the same time is never afraid to show the full wealth of styles in which he thrives.
In many ways, The Space Movie was a vehicle for Oldfield and a quest for the artist himself. The Space Movie provided Oldfield a platform to present his capabilities to an audience that likely had only ever heard Tubular Bells and, though it would never make him the next Bernard Herrmann, it would showcase his talent to a massive audience. The soundtrack also acted as a chance to preview music from Incantations to new listeners but it could be argued that the songs fromIncantations actually sit better amongst the soundtrack and its collage of excellent samples.
Listening to the soundtrack and watching the film, I have to say, it’s quite baffling that Oldfield hasn’t really composed many soundtracks. Aside from The Killing Fields and Oldfield’s score for a relatively obscure French film jeune fille assassinée, there basically isn’t any other instances of Oldfield acting as a composer for a film. It would certainly be interesting to see more scores from Mike Oldfield in the future as such a celebrated artist with a clear talent for the medium, maybe one day we will.


The Space Movie Original Soundtrack
CD/DVD - £9.99

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