Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin Present: The Triangle
Composed By: Joesph Loduca
Produced By: La-La Land Records, Inc.
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In December of 2005, a six-hour mini-series, created and produced by Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin, aired on the SCI FI Channel and the BBC. The mini-series was called The Triangle and contained an ensemble cast – Sam Neill, Bruce Davison, Catherine Bell, Michael Rodgers, Eric Stoltz, and Lou Diamond Phillips. In the mini-series, billionaire Eric Benirall, (Sam Neill) is plagued by a series of misfortunes as his cargo ships and crew begin disappearing while en route to their destinations. Benirall puts together an investigative team to get to the bottom of these mysterious disappearances that have all occurred at the famed Bermuda Triangle. The team contains a seemingly strange mix of members – a tabloid journalist (Eric Stoltz), an ocean resource engineer (Catherine Bell), a meteorologist/adventurer (Michael Rodgers), and a psychic (Bruce Davison). They are joined by the only surviving member of the cargo ship disappearances, Meeno Paloma (Lou Diamond Phillips). Shortly after the investigation begins, things get out of hand. Soon, the government is involved and it becomes apparent that the United States Navy is actively blocking the group’s investigation. The tale of mystery, action and adventure aired a second time on SCI FI in March 2006.
The soundtrack of The Triangle was composed by Joseph Loduca, who is well-known for his work on such projects as Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, American Gothic, Librarian: Quest for the Spear, Boogeyman and more. The composer’s approach to The Triangle Soundtrack is best described by Loduca himself in an excerpt of his liner notes included with the soundtrack: “The number three is key to the score; three themes are developed in the piece. The first represents the mystery and the quest of the main characters…The second theme evokes the affect the Triangle has on the character’s intimate relationships…The third…signals the presence of the military to sustain the urgency and tension of the mission…The creative use of sound design, such as reversing entire sections of the orchestra recordings and manipulating electronic percussion are used to unsettling effect throughout.”
The music of The Triangle Soundtrack contains an undertone of mystery and intrigue. There is a sense of building up to something big throughout the soundtrack. The ominous undertone implies that all is not as it seems and that there may be some evil at foot. It suggests an underlying darkness to the tale. The effect of the soundtrack’s music is so intriguing as to make the listener want to watch the mini-series in its entirety and discover for himself what all the fuss is about. Loduca has done an excellent job in the composition and manipulation of his music, which, quite literally, sets the tone for the entire series. Fans of the mini-series will be more than happy to purchase this soundtrack, which contains 21 tracks of music and liner notes written by Dean Devlin and Joseph Loduca.