Sororal (film/tv soundtrack)
by Christopher de Groot (2012)
Performance by Christopher de Groot from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 70.
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The score takes inspiration from prog-rock, kraut-rock, as well as Bulgarian choir music, 20th Century avant-garde classical works and classic giallo scores from the likes of soundtrack band Goblin and legendary Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. This distinctive soundtrack is scored for a 10-piece brass section, 16-piece choir, vibraphone, cimbalom, two drum kits, electric guitar, electric cello, and a barrage of analogue synthesizers.
The score was performed and recorded in Perth Western Australia during January to April 2012.
A diverse and bizarre film, Sororal mixes a heady whirlwind of genetic experimentation, mind control, and telekinetic power struggles with twisted artworks. Sororal's heroine, Cassie (Amanda Woodhams) is a troubled artist who tries to make sense of her vivid, violent dreams by committing her visions to canvas. Sororal is Australia's first giallo film.
Instrumentation: Brass section (4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 tubas), vibraphone, cimbalom, doepfer A-100 analouge synthesizer, Sequential Circuts 6-track synthesizer, 2 drum kits, electric guitar, electric cello, 16 voice SATB choir.
Duration: 58 min.
Contents note: 1) Sororal - Main Title -- 2) The Painter -- 3) Diana Rolls Into Town -- 4) Cassie or Diana -- 5) Afraid No More -- 6) Hide and Seek -- 7) Face to Face -- 8) Apollo Come -- 9) Needle in the Heart -- 10) Racing to Hector -- 11) Want to Wake Up -- 12) She Puts the Eye in Stiletto -- 13) Victims in Common -- 14) Unicorns and Self Portraits -- 15) The Killer Stalks -- 16) Evaporating Pain -- 17) Father No -- 18) I Always Get What I Want -- 19) Kelly Gets Taken -- 20) Photos of the Dead -- 21) Relatively Normal -- 22) Shockwaves of Pure Love - Sororal Finale -- 23) Escaping Sosa.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
orchestral, prog rock, kraut rock, electro-acoustic, Bulgarian choral music
Written for independent feature film Sororal - a Nakatomi Pictures production, directed by Sam Barrett, produced by David Karsten. Soundtrack released by Screamworks Records [Sweden].
Recorded by Benjamin Morris, Stuart James and Christopher de Groot. Assistant score recordist Will Patterson. Music mixed and mastered by Stuart James at Soundfield Studio, Perth Western Australia.
Nominated for Best Original Music at the 26th annual West Australian Screen Awards (2014).
Resonate article: De Groot's soundtrack for Sororal becomes a cult hit by Christopher de Groot
- In the form/style of: Film & TV Music
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