Music similar to that in The Fountain, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Inception?
November 21, 2010 5:46 PM   Subscribe

I enjoy the soundtracks to The Fountain, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Inception. What other music will I enjoy?

What I particularly like is:

- the long, slow buildup to a majestic finish
- the repetition of a theme / riff
- the feeling of "something of cosmic significance is happening"

I'm hoping that someone out there can better describe the quality I'm looking for. Some additional info: There Will Be Blood's soundtrack captures that feeling (for a few songs) but the other Bourne movies (Identity, Supremacy) don't.
posted by wivy to Media & Arts (30 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Anything Hanz Zimmer.
posted by MHPlost at 6:05 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

Try The Dark Knight, maybe? There are also some individual tracks, like Moby's God Moving Over the Face of the Waters and John Murphy's In the House - In a Heartbeat that you might like. And maybe the soundtrack from Excalibur, but that's based a lot on classical music, which may or may not appeal to you.
posted by Addlepated at 6:08 PM on November 21, 2010

Clint Mansell's sountrack to Moon.
posted by HFSH at 6:13 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

You want Sigur Ros. Radiohead mostly qualifies. You might also like Yo La Tengo, which sounds completely different.

Someone with more knowledge than I should be able to suggest classical composers who will scratch your itch.
posted by incessant at 6:14 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

Brian Tyler's score to The Killing Room.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:15 PM on November 21, 2010

The Sunshine soundtrack.
posted by nomadicink at 6:19 PM on November 21, 2010

That Moby track is on the soundtrack to Heat, which has some other tracks which might qualify.

I think the "repeating doom notes" of Inception reminded me a bit of Akira, which also has a pretty impressive monolithic soundtrack.
posted by selfnoise at 6:37 PM on November 21, 2010

Sigur Ros and Brian Eno.
posted by lhall at 6:43 PM on November 21, 2010

Oh yeah, there's the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack too!
posted by nomadicink at 6:46 PM on November 21, 2010 [2 favorites]

Sunshine and Moon were both ones that I liked in simlar ways. If you want to go a bit off the beaten track you might try tracking down the soundtrack from Aguirre the Wrath of God by Popul Vuh. It's a little more Prog Rock but I liked it and had this feeling when I heard it. That said, I saw it after watching it along with the movie and Herzog has a way with that sort of thing. You can hear some of it in the trailer here.
posted by jessamyn at 6:49 PM on November 21, 2010

posted by Artw at 6:54 PM on November 21, 2010 [3 favorites]

Bibo no Aozora/Endless Flight/Babel, by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jaques Morelenbaum & Everton Nelson, on Babel's soundtrack (especially the first part), perhaps?
posted by ddaavviidd at 7:24 PM on November 21, 2010

Was just listening to this today actually: Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack - Volume 2. Very recommended.
posted by Webbster at 8:15 PM on November 21, 2010

Don't listen to The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack - Promontory. You'll find yourself in the street fighting the French with a hand-axe. Or buying football cleats.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:27 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

You're basically describing the whole genre of Post-Rock in your question.

Some Good Artists:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Early A Silver Mt Zion (He Has Left Us Alone.... and Born into Trouble...)
Do Make Say Think (a little light on the "Something cosmic is happening" front, but still good)
Set Fire to Flames (extremely spooky) Stars of the Lid (droney and ambient)

I could keep going, I was really into this stuff for a few years. I mainly pointed you in the direction of the extremely incestuous Montreal post-rock scene. I'll probably be back with more.

Sigur Ros, Akira Soundtrack, and Mogwai are good too. Mogwai helped out on The Fountain's soundtrack. You'll probably like anything else by Clint Mansell.
I should really get back to my homework...
posted by azarbayejani at 9:08 PM on November 21, 2010 [3 favorites]

Cliff Martinez - Solaris OST
posted by querty at 9:46 PM on November 21, 2010

azarbeyejani has it. You want post rock as the search term.

I'll also suggest Yndi Halda, since no one's mentioned them yet.
posted by dobbs at 9:48 PM on November 21, 2010

the last two albums by Talk Talk.
posted by ritualdelohabitual at 10:28 PM on November 21, 2010

The soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream.
posted by soleiluna at 10:37 PM on November 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

Explosions in the Sky
posted by dogwalker at 12:16 AM on November 22, 2010

Nthing anything by Clint Mansell.

The score to the 2007 remake of 3.10 to Yuma was very good as well. It is similar in vein to 'There Will be Blood.
posted by TheOtherGuy at 12:42 AM on November 22, 2010

Nthing Moon. Also "Zinc," the Zoe Keating version of In C.
posted by brainwane at 3:19 AM on November 22, 2010

Some (but not all) Mike Oldfield resembles your description.
posted by AugieAugustus at 9:28 AM on November 22, 2010

You would probably enjoy Mars from Holst's The Planets.
posted by IjonTichy at 9:56 AM on November 22, 2010

These have been excellent suggestions, I knew I could count on MeFi! I will be going through these suggestions over the next week and I'll report back with which most satisfied me.
posted by wivy at 10:13 AM on November 22, 2010

Deadly Avenger - Deep Red (whole Album)
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - (the tracks Love like a sunset I & II)
posted by lalochezia at 12:18 PM on November 22, 2010

nthing anything by Hans Zimmer, especially The Dark Knight.

A couple of tracks on the Gladiator soundtrack do what you're looking for, too; try the track "Might of Rome" for that majestic feeling or, for something a bit darker, try "Am I Not Merciful?".

A couple that might be long shots, but all have the characteristics you described:

The opening track to the soundtrack of The Hours. Definitely has that repetition you're looking for.

There's a track on The Hunt for Red October's soundtrack that does this pretty well, too. It's a little wacky, but does what you're looking for.

There's a track on the soundtrack to A Beautiful Mind that has that build up in a fantastically eerie way. The whole soundtrack is one well worth checking out.
posted by dcheeno at 4:28 PM on November 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Clint Marshall also did the soundtrack to Black Swan. You'll have to see if you like that as much or not, given it's his take on Tchaikovsky.
posted by questionsandanchors at 7:28 PM on November 22, 2010

Oh, I thought of another one. "It Will Rain for a Million Years" by Porcupine Tree. I have an unhealthy fixation on this song right about now.
posted by AugieAugustus at 8:35 AM on November 24, 2010

Thank you for the excellent suggestions. I've spent some time listening to almost all of these, and the following hit the nail on the head:

Clint Mansell - Requiem for a Dream
Clint Mansell - Moon

Phillip Glass - Koyanisqaatsi
Phillip Glass - The Hours

The post-rock suggestions were also very satisfying. Thanks MeFi!
posted by wivy at 7:15 AM on December 4, 2010

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