10 best soundtracks from mood movies


Soundtracks are vital for movies because they can provide the biggest scares, make your heart beat during action scenes, and tear down tears during emotional scenes. Some soundtracks have become just as iconic as the film itself, such as John William’s work for Star wars.

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But some soundtracks are particularly good at setting the mood for a movie, truly capturing its atmosphere and surroundings. This type of music is most effective in placing an audience in the film, which is vital for people to engage in the story. So while these scores might not be as iconic as other soundtracks, they still deserve to be recognized.

Dune (1984)

Paul walking with Alia in Dune from 1984

This Toto soundtrack (which no, doesn’t include “Africa”) was the rock band’s first and only soundtrack. They were accompanied by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Volksoper Choir, which helped create futuristic and radical background music. The soundtrack adds detail to Dune, and is able to switch between majestic and grand, to moderate and calm, which perfectly reflects the grand story of the epic but the intimate characters.

The soundtrack was popular enough to be released twice, once when the film was released, and an extended version in 1997. Both versions are now out of print on CD but have recently gained visibility thanks to streaming services, an exhibition which is well deserved.

Girl Party (2014)

Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl opening scene

The Missing girl The soundtrack, composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, manages to capture the film’s calm appearance and violent undertone by mixing soothing massage therapy music with choppy electronic noises. According to USA Today, Fincher was inspired to create this sound after an experience with his chiropractor, where the music “inauthentically tried to make him feel good.”

The instruments were altered to create a tense and uneven pattern, including a device that, when tapped, produced jerky beat sounds. Reznor wanted this ambient tension to be represented, as he felt it mirrored the missing girl Amy herself, and by having his breakup portrayed through the music, it creates a great atmosphere. It’s a perfect soundtrack for the tone of the film, because Missing girl is one of the best modern film noir.

Solaris (1972)

Sci-fi is a common genre for mood film soundtracks, as seen in the haunting Andrew Tarkovsky film Solaris and his first performance of electronic music. The film’s soundtrack album was created by Edward Artemyev and the Electronic Music Experiment Studio Ensemble. As described by Superior Viaduct, the music perfectly reflects the film’s intelligent futuristic spatial setting by creating variations of Bach’s “Choral Prelude in F minor”, with Artemyev rafting sine waves on glass plates for a now-extinct ANS synthesizer to perform.

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The music is formless and otherworldly, emotional and calming, but also unsettling, just like the lookalikes in the film. Even the instruments used sound like the hum of machines, creating an environment dominated by technology.

Blade Runner (1982)

This noir sci-fi masterpiece comes with a Vangelis soundtrack and perfectly captures the chaotic and lonely world both created by the film. According to Nemo Studios, Vangelis crafted the score by viewing scenes from the film and then performing what he thought was portrayed on screen. He also made extensive use of synthesizers to produce diegetic and non-diegetic sounds.

The soundtrack can transport the listener to the 2019 film version, even without the help of the film’s visuals. Parts of the music sound like howls of sirens, and singular notes are often drawn in almost an echo, making a haunting impression. The sheet music was nominated in 1983 for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score, and Vangelis’ work still stands today.

The social network (2010)

Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin in the social network

Composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, this soundtrack won nine major awards, including an Acadamy Award. The atmosphere it creates is incredible. Using digital instruments, the music vibrates and beeps, like a phone ringing or a notification, which is great for a Facebook creation movie.

The soundtrack is ultimately exciting and upbeat, while also hinting at issues around the corner, which it does perfectly through the use of the electric guitar. This perfectly presents the trip Mark Zuckerberg is taking; create a new website and make a number of enemies along the way. The listener feels like they are there, building their own social network.

Drive (2011)

Ryan Gosling in La promenade de Nicolas Winding Refn

According to Box Office Magazine, the film’s director Nicholas Winding Refn wanted the music to be abstract so viewers could see things from the driver’s point of view. To achieve this, he hired songwriter Cliff Martinez to emulate the style and feel of Johnny Jewel, Chromatics, and Glass Candy bands, and told him to make tracks that sounded very 1980s, with synth music, vintage and Europop keyboards.

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The music is dreamlike, as is Hollywood, where the film is based. The score refrains from using bass in order to sound generally upbeat, creating an ambience that juxtaposes the film’s criminal activity in a way that puts audiences at ease in the conductor’s world.

Heather (1988)

Heather and Veronica talk to Heathers

When audiences listen to this David Newman soundtrack, it’s hard not to imagine Veronica sadly walking the halls of Westerberg High. Even in the film’s most action-packed sequences, the music remains somewhat understated, as if drawing listeners into its cynical view of the world. This is underlined by the diegetic song from Don Dixon’s film, aptly titled “Teenage Suicide (Don’t Do It)”.

The use of the harmonica in the soundtrack perfectly captures the criminal events of the film, and the use of the synth creates that classic eighties feel. Even the constant clicks throughout each track sound like Heather’s heels walking through the school. It’s a shame that this type of music hasn’t been included more in its recent musical adaptation, especially since so many greats heather the quotes were dropped verbatim.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan and more in Pride and Prejudice standing on a balcony

The Pride and Prejudice The soundtrack was composed by Dario Marianelli and performed by the English Chamber Orchestra. According to All Music, Marinelli based many of the film’s tracks on Beethoven’s piano sonatas, which transport the listener to the time of the story, and he also made sure to infuse a romantic touch into the romantic film. .

The score is steeped in wind and string instruments, as well as plenty of emotional piano melodies, and it fits perfectly with the film’s sets of the grand ballrooms and wooded cliffs that Elizabeth Bennet cleverly and nostalgically stands on. If viewers want to engage in the cottage-core aesthetic, then this is the perfect soundtrack for it.

Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar McConaughey & Anne Hathaway

Hans Zimmer never seems to falter, especially when working with Christopher Nolan, and the soundtrack to this sci-fi epic proves it. The score manages to make this film even more gigantic and breathtaking than it already is. The extensive use of the electronic keyboard and pipe organs in particular has been praised by critics and audiences alike.

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Just as the space traveler Cooper weaves his way through a multitude of environments and emotions, the music perfectly captures a similar space journey. It is at the same time nostalgic, mysterious but openly vulnerable and majestic. The sequence “Don’t go Gentle into that good night” will probably remain etched in the minds of listeners forever, simply because of its musical accompaniment.

Akira (1988)

Screenshot of Akira 1988

The soundtrack of this cyberpunk animated film was composed by Shōji Yamashiro and performed by the Geinoh Yamashirogumi collective. According to Garage, it is strongly inspired by traditional Indonesian gamelan as well as Japanese Noh music. While being traditional, it still manages to sound futuristic, combining both the old and the new to create something all its own. Considering the film was set to take place in the future of 2019, which is now our past, the score seems perfect.

This soundtrack not only sets the tone for the film, but it was also incredibly influential. It gave birth to an electronic remix album by Bwana, titled Pride capsules, and samples of the music have also been featured in many hip hop tracks.

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