The Journey

Composed By: Mikkel Maltha

Distributed by:
MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


               The Journey is not a movie per se, but a cinematic exhibition about basic human conditions staged in the Moesgaard Museum.  Consisting of four rooms Ė a cave, a film universe with a water mirror, a reflection room and a space traveled with the help of virtual reality glasses Ė the audience experiences a staged journey through seven continents and the seven human basic conditions of birth, love, faith, fear, loss, rationality and death.

               The musical score of The Journey was created by composer Mikkel Maltha.  Hailing from Denmark, Maltha is the music supervisor at Zentropa Music, a full-service music supervision agency covering film, television and advertising.  He is best known for his work on the musical score of such notable projects as The Hunt, A Royal Affair and Melancholia.

               The Journey is quite an experience, spanning the gamut of human emotion through visuals and music.  According to the promotional material accompanying the album, the score accompanies a childs first breath in Denmark (Birth), love in Africa (Love), belief in South America (Belief), fear in Oceania (Fear), loss in North America (Loss), rationality in Antarctica (Rationality) and the last breath of an individual in Asia before their body is burned (Death Vol. 1 and 2).  Each track is rather short in length, but nonetheless packs a mighty punch. 

               The tracks that stand out the most for me are Fear, a rather spooky track employing synths, reverb and some rather dark and ominous sounds to raise the hairs on the back of your neck; Death Vol. 2 which employs orchestral and exotic sound to send the soul on its way;  Loss, which uses an exotic woodwind emitting a somber sound before moving on toward a more stoic synth sound; and Rationality, which features a futuristic style and reminds me of a number of sci-fi scores Iíve heard in the past.

               The Journey Soundtrack is an incredibly enjoyable listen.  Though a short listen, the score is dramatically captivating and once you finish listening to it, you find you want to listen again.  Though short, they are complex and you will discover things you didnít quite hear the first time you listened to the score on your second time around.  The Journey is definitely one worth taking!


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