A musical movie, in three minutes, with no words.
June 15, 2011 9:13 AM   Subscribe

Your tall musical order: I'm looking for instrumental tracks. Less than four minutes. Must have three "acts" that build from a quiet open to a mid-tempo, mid-power second act. Third and final act must end in a jump-out-of-your-chair fist-pump f*ck yeah moment (that may or may not taper away afterwards).

God is an Astronaut’s “All is Violent, All is Bright” is a good model of what I'm looking for, but what I'm looking for doesn’t have to be post-rock.

No vocals or lyrics, sampled or otherwise.
posted by Shepherd to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Nine Inch Nails - Just Like You Imagined
posted by bfranklin at 9:20 AM on June 15, 2011

Best answer: This will destroy you - quiet

(it's a five minutes long, not 10, as the youtube video would have you believe).
posted by empath at 9:21 AM on June 15, 2011

Nine Inch Nails - Just Like You Imagined

Clint Mansell - Lux Aeterna and Zack Hemsey - Mind Heist and all the other overused movie trailer songs will likely fit the bill, too.
posted by empath at 9:38 AM on June 15, 2011

Best answer: WITHOUT A DOUBT you want Cakes by Max Tundra.

Takes a few listens to assimilate.
posted by krilli at 9:42 AM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Jawbreaker - accident prone
posted by TheBones at 9:44 AM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Also, there are probably tons of trance records like this one that might fit the bill, though you'd probably have to edit them down.

Look up "intro mix" on youtube for dance records that have been re-edited to start DJ sets and mix cds with, a lot of them are super over-the-top dramatic.
posted by empath at 9:44 AM on June 15, 2011

Best answer: War Photographer - Jason Forrest

posted by rabbitsnake at 9:48 AM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Christmas in Sarajevo by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. (I suck at html linking and there are multiple versions.)
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:49 AM on June 15, 2011

Best answer: I give you, Mogwai - Summer.
posted by fire&wings at 10:05 AM on June 15, 2011

That description is all about Mogwai.
posted by sleepytako at 10:13 AM on June 15, 2011

Wait, I've got it -- you'll have to edit 2 minutes out of it, but

Sigur Ros - Glosoli

It has a vocal, but it's in icelandic and it just kind of get absorbed into the song.
posted by empath at 10:16 AM on June 15, 2011

Best answer: You might like Don Abandons Alice, from John Murphy's 28 Weeks Later soundtrack.
posted by hot soup girl at 11:49 AM on June 15, 2011

I think this describes every third track (or more) by Explosions in the Sky.

But also Alice Donut's cover of War Pigs. Yes, the Black Sabbath song. Yes, it's completely instrumental.
posted by K.P. at 1:18 PM on June 15, 2011

You just described the entire genre of post-rock.

The best example I can think of is probably First Breath After Coma by Explosions in the Sky.
posted by cirrostratus at 1:19 PM on June 15, 2011

Best answer: Mass Effect 2 Soundtrack - Suicide Mission. The first time I listened to this, I completely dropped out of reality entirely.

... on preview, well okay it's 4:46, so it's a bit long. I'll leave the link in because it's seriously that awesome to listen to (and if you're needing it for something specific you may be able to edit part of the beginning to make it fit), and make the suggestion that you poke at various other video game soundtracks for ideas.
posted by Heretical at 1:32 PM on June 15, 2011

Best answer: Benway by Tortoise. If you don't mind some space noises at the beginning and a slow build, the end has a huge payoff! Also, I love most of these other suggestions and will be thinking about this genus of song all day.
posted by obscurator at 2:07 PM on June 15, 2011

Came here to recommend the Transiberian Orchestra as well, but scaryblackdeath beat me to it. Here's the link.
posted by yawper at 6:09 PM on June 15, 2011

Best answer: RATATAT - Sunblocks
posted by jeto at 7:49 PM on June 15, 2011

Response by poster: Hey, thanks! Tons of great stuff here, and a few bands (Ratatat and Explosions in the Sky, which somehow I'd always heard about but never listened to) that are now on my track-down-or-die list.

Lots of "best answers" -- Jawbreaker has lyrics, unfortunately, and even Sigur Ros made-up wibbly-wombley vocals count as vocals.

Great, great music!
posted by Shepherd at 6:58 AM on June 16, 2011

Royksopp Forever
posted by Jawn at 1:28 PM on June 16, 2011

I'm breaking the rules a bit here, but these are the most powerful and uplifting instrumental tracks that sprung to my mind. I think you'll enjoy them.

Meet Me In The Basement - Broken Social Scene
Pruit Igoe - Philip Glass
and, of course:
Gathering Storm - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
(a little over 6 minutes, but otherwise the epitome of what you described)
posted by Acey at 2:10 PM on June 16, 2011

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