“Music’s been real important to me since the time I was small….And it’s amazing how much we know that we don’t realize we know,” said David Lynch. “I’m not a trained musician, but when you get into it, you discover you really do have an understanding of the form and have incredibly strong feelings about how music should be made. I’m not saying l’m a skilled musician, but me and Angelo [Badalamenti] – who’s a great musician – have an instant dialogue.” And throughout his nightmarish dreamscape of an oueuvre, music has been an integral element to the psychologically penetrating and haunting power of his work. The droning hums or Eraserhead or the mysterious sounds lingering in the night between the trees of Twin Peaks are just as large of a character as any, and when it comes to the Lynchian universe, his sonic world has always been just as riveting as the tones and textures that come to life on the screen.
Last year, we were thrilled that Sacred Bones would be putting out a re-issued vinyl of Eraserhead’s dark and dizzying original soundtrack, but now we learn that the label will be putting the OST out on CD as well. With the vinyl no longer available, the CD—which has not been available in five years—contains only three songs, but does have a 10-minute dance mix done by Lynch. And in addition, the label has also un-earthed copies of the fascinating and rare soundtrack to Twin Peaks’ second season. Composed by Angelo Badalamenti, the chilling soundtrack as well as the Eraserhead album are now available for purchase, so I’d suggest you head over to Sacred Bones immediately and bask in all that Lynchian sound.
And for an added treat, watch this wonderful video of Badalamenti demonstrating his creative process working on Twin Peaks.
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