Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The movie Pathology stars Milo Ventimiglia as Dr. Ted Gray, a new intern at the University Hospital in Philadelphia. Shortly after his arrival, Dr. Gray stumbles onto a morbid game being played by a group of his colleagues. On a rotational basis, the members are selected to commit the “perfect murder” while the other members use forensic methods to determine how the murder was committed. The movie also stars Alyssa Milano, Johnny Whitworth and Lauren Lee Smith.
Tapped to create a soundtrack for Pathology are German composer Johannes Kobilke and American composer Robert Williamson. Kobilke began his music career in 1980, at the age of seven, when he started taking lessons in piano and composition. By 1999, he had become a composer for television and commercials. He has composed music for numerous German television movies and for commercials for such companies as BMW, Lexus, Burger King, Audi and Volkswagen. Robert Williamson began his music career playing bass for various Seattle bands, sharing bills with such acts as Nirvana and Soundgarden. Increasingly interested in electronic music, Robert Williamson began his own record label entitled Eat Knowledge. In 2004, after production had begun for a script he had written for the movie Dandelion, Williamson decided that he would compose a soundtrack for the film as well. Following that endeavor, Williamson created music for films such as Underworld Evolution, Crank, and a documentary about Hurricane Katrina.
The Pathology Soundtrack was created with the use of SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II technology. This software allows game developers, video producers, audio professionals, etc to encode surround sound mixes into stereo sound files. Thus, the soundtrack can be used in any Dolby Digital home theater system on today’s market.
The storyline of Pathology is rather twisted and thus, I expected the soundtrack of Pathology to be much the same, especially when I read the title of the first track, F**k Me, Please – Meeting the Interns. The soundtrack is full of eerie…some would say scarily ominous…music that is bound to give the listener goosebumps. Strange electronic noises are employed to create spooky sounds. At one point, in Disagreement (Track Four), there is a beat that sounds like footsteps. Racing tracks complete with screeching violins add to the spookiness. I haven’t heard a scarier soundtrack since Untraceable.
Is the Pathology Soundtrack a musical masterpiece? Not in my book, but if you have Dolby Surround Sound equipment and like scaring the crap out of people, you can turn out the lights and pop this into the player. You’re bound to have one or two people looking over their shoulder constantly and at least one will be ready to jump out of their skin at the word “Boo” by the time the music is over. If this is your idea of fun, then the Pathology Soundtrack is perfect for you.