The Odyssey

Composed By: Antonio Pinto and Dudu Aram

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            When you hear the title, The Odyssey, you immediately think of the Homer tale of the Greek hero Odysseus and his journey home from Troy after the war.  However, the soundtrack I am about to review is not from a film based on Odysseus' journey, but that of Londoners and their journey to the present moment, the 2012 Olympics hosted in their city.  Commissioned by Film4 and LOCOG for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in London, Asif Kapadia uses aerial images combined with the voices of Londoners to chronicle the city's journey from winning the bid in 2005 to the 2012 Olympics.

            The musical score of The Odyssey was composed through the collaborative efforts of Antonio Pinto and Dudu Aram.  According to Kapadia, there was no doubt that Antonio Pinto would be the right composer for this project, "I did not hesitate in contacting Antonio Pinto to create the score. I had such a fantastic experience collaborating with Antonio on the soundtrack for Senna, I could not wait to work with him again. I love his enthusiasm, energy and passion." 

            Brazilian composer Antonio Pinto's musical career began out of a curiosity for the instruments his sister's boyfriend's band played.  Pinto also credits his sisters for his love of music and their gift of albums that would open his mind to the way he listened to music forever. At a young age, he learned how to play the piano, drums and guitar.  His eventual progression into writing music and composing musical scores was something Pinto believes was logically the next step in the process.  He has composed musical scores for a number of films including Asif Kapadia's Senna, Perfect Stranger Lord of War, Vinterís Luck, Collateral, Central Station, Behind the Sun, and Midnight.

            Also known as DJ Ali Disco B, Dudu Aram is a songwriter, composer and music producer who also performs with his band, Killers on the Dance Floor, in his spare time.  His work spans the media network, finding its way into film, television, apps, advertising, and National Radio in Los Angeles and Sao Paulo.

            The Odyssey Soundtrack is like nothing I ever expected, filled with synthetic sound accompanying pianos, woodwinds and strings masterfully mixed to create an amazingly unique sound.  I was immediately reminded of the rocking tunes mixed by The Chemical Brothers for projects like Mortal Kombat and the theme of Third Watch.  The music composed for The Odyssey is exciting and inspiring.  There are some dark moments in the music that reflect some of the city's less popular phases along its journey toward its goal (Doom Town, The Riot), but for the most part, the music is upbeat and fun.  It almost felt like being in a club - you can't help but drum your fingers and move your body to the music. 

            According to Asif Kapadia, "Antonio Pinto and Dudu Aram have come together to create a beautiful, powerful soundtrack for The Odyssey, which I know will have the listener nodding their head from the very first time they hear it."  I completely agree.  The Odyssey Soundtrack is powerfully entertaining and quite unique in style.  Had it not been for the promotional material, I would never have realized the music was composed for a short film.  I would love to see how it fits together with the film.  As a stand alone, this album rocks and comes highly recommended in my book!


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