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Limitless by Paul Leonard-Morgan (Review)

posted Mar 25, 2011, 3:08 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Mar 25, 2011, 3:29 PM ]

Scottish composer Paul Leonard-Morgan lends his electronic sensibilities to this fantastic score to the new Neil Burger film. In a world where electronic scoring is looked down upon as inferior things are beginning to change. Film composers like Wendy Carlos, Vangelis and Hans Zimmer set the stage back in the 70's and 80's but synthetic sounds have still been taking a beating from a critical standpoint. With Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross winning the Oscar does it mean the industry is starting to open their arms back to electronic scoring? Well, they should because Limitless is a fantastic crazy soundscape of organized chaos.

The sound palette used has very short beats. Nothing drawn out to a point of ambient tones, but more more quick and hard hitting ticks and thumps. The central motif is as simple as it can get which creates a sense of order amidst the wild sounds. The music creates a sense of crazy chemical reactions happening in your ears, which to me is a perfect accompaniment to the story of the film. The film deals with Bradley Cooper's character being able to access the rest of his brain potential through a drug. So the music works in direct correlation with that idea of the film. As the music tells the story and fleshes out our main character we are brought down into moments of calmer and more subtle music. Sort of muffled down variations of what makes up the majority of the score. These points add a more human aspect to the score, which makes the whole experience well rounded.

The music here is extremely well executed and what Paul has created here is quite a unique soundscape through a modern approach. The score never becomes too chaotic to a point of being aggravating, which actually takes skill. There have been plenty of electronica scores that have been headache inducing and it really takes a talented composer to know when not to layer it on too thick. Paul Leonard-Morgan's score has a great structure that makes it a very rewarding listening experience. The album is available digitally on Amazon MP3 and iTunes.

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