Colin Stetson: Contact

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  • 10.1.20


The upcoming score from the much anticipated Nic Cage movie, Color Out Of Space, comes from experimental jazz saxophonist, Colin Stetson, who is steadily developing a very strong voice and reputation in the film music world.

Stetson scored Ari Aster's Hereditary a couple of years ago, as well as the TV sci-fi drama, The First, and now tries his hand at something that combines both horror and science fiction, as the Richard Stanley-directed film is an adaptation of a story by HP Lovecraft about ominous alien forces.

First specimen, Contact, is all sinister, suspense-inducing and atmospheric in one breath, and while it's very early to speculate, both the score and the movie seem to have best-of-the-year potential written all over them, at least for the standards of this publication.

"The question posed initially when conceiving of this score was what exactly is the sonic representation of a cosmic alien color that does not exist in this terrestrial reality?" Stetson comments on the soundtrack. "I began trying to answer that by layering the sounds of coral reefs, processing that cacophony and finding the order revealed through harmonic generation of these hyperdensities, and then continued to chase that same concept of 'transfiguring the natural' down every path and application I could see.  Turns out it's somewhere between magenta and hot pink."

The Color Out Of Space score is scheduled for a digital release on January 24th, 2020 via Milan Records, while the vinyl version will come out on March 10th, 2020 through Waxwork Records.



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