Soundtrack
 

Synchronicity

Musical Score By: Ben Lovett

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

                In the science fiction film, Synchronicity, Chad McKnight is Jim Beale, a physicist who has created a machine that makes time travel possible…a machine that ruthless tycoon Klaus Meisner (Michael Ironside) will stop at nothing to get.  Jim is worried that someone will attempt to steal the rights to his technology, especially after a woman named Abby (Brianne Davis) seduces him into revealing his secrets.  Convinced she is working with Klaus, Jim travels back in time to prevent the conspiracy from happening, but leans some startling truths about his own future.

                The musical score of Synchronicity was created by American singer, musician, songwriter and composer Ben Lovett.  Founder of the Lovers Label record label, Lovett has won a number of awards for scoring since his Sundance debut with The Signal in 2008.  Since then, he has recorded a number of EPs and created musical scores for such projects as The Last Lullaby, Black Rock, Sun Don't Shine, The Reconstruction of William Zero and the My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen series of movies.

                The Synchronicity Soundtrack features an synth score reminiscent of John Carpenter scores of the late 70s, early 80s era.  According to the composer, “Jacob and I were both raised on 80’s movies and the music of John Carpenter, Wendy Carlos, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre and others who pioneered the sound of that era.  Since the visual tone of Synchronicity is very much inspired by science fiction films from that time period, we wanted to approach the music with similar reverie to reinforce the overall aesthetic goals of the film.” 

The score of the film is very much a reflection of the emotions evoked by the visuals of the film.  First and Second Wormhole feature an air of excitement, awe and wonderment.  Quick synth pulses offer up a sense of action or excitement.  Wormhole Fever is a bit ominous sounding – there’s a purveying sense of dread here.  There is also a repetitive theme present throughout the score.  According to Lovett, “The word ‘synchronicity’ refers to seemingly related things which are casually unrelated, and I wanted to echo this as much as possible in the music.  While there are recurring melodic elements related to specific themes in the film, there’s also a thematic repetition of individual sounds which come and go, sometimes never playing more than a single note.  The interplay of these smaller peripheral elements and the way they change slightly over time are kind of a roadmap for the time travel loop that occurs in the movie.”

The Synchronicity Soundtrack is an exciting, adrenaline pumping album that will definitely be an enjoyable experience for fans of the 80s sci-fi and horror film scores of John Carpenter and Vangelis.  An exciting synth score that makes for a fantastic standalone album as well as excellent background music for this film.  A job well done!

 

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