Journey to Space

Musical Score By: Cody Westheimer

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The 2015 3D documentary, Journey to Space, reminds us that the space program didnít die with the end of the Space Shuttle Program.  This documentary, narrated by Patrick Stewart, offers a peek into NASAís next era, filled with lofty plans including landing astronauts on Mars, capturing asteroids and more.

                The musical score of Journey to Space was created by American composer Cody Westheimer, a magna cum laude graduate of the music composition program at USCís Thornton School of Music.  He and his wife, fellow composer Julie Newmann, are the owners and operators of New West Studios Inc.  Over the years, Westheimer has created music for orchestras, film, television and video games, including True Wolf, Oceans Adventures, Smile, The Golden Compass and more. 

                Cody Westheimer was extremely excited to score this film: ďI was beyond inspired to write a sweeping orchestral score for Journey to Space.  The giant screen format affords incredible musical opportunity and I was thrilled to live out my boyhood dream of becoming an astronaut by scoring this film. I think most people can relate to the awe and wonder of space and space exploration - it was exciting to help convey this musically. The director was looking for an epic score reminiscent of some of my favorite film scores of the 90's like Apollo 13 and Jurassic Park.  Ironically those were the crop of films that originally got me into this line of work - I was elated to oblige

                Right away, as you listen to the first track Ė The Endless Horizon Ė you get the idea that this is an epic film.  I can just picture the spectacular opening of this film as we journey into space in 3D.  Horns display the heroic look toward the unknown frontier.  Rocking guitar riffs in Space Science make the discoveries/research exciting.  Extended Weightlessness is an orchestral mix of flutes, strings and horns offering up the idea of soaring through the sky.  Dramatic piano and orchestral blends appear in A Spacegirl's Dream as we imagine her looking toward the future with hope and expectation, while How to Build A Spacesuit has a funky futuristic dance style reminding us that all of this is a look toward the future for NASA.  If you close your eyes during the final track, Blue Danube, you can picture the astronauts in their weightless state maneuvering in almost ballet-like grace.

                The music composer for Journey to Space perfectly accompanies the visuals of the film and makes for an interesting standalone album.  Itís a mix of contemporary, classical, rock and funk, expressing NASAís ability to think outside the box as they move into a new era of space exploration.


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