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Unfinished Spaces by Giancarlo Vulcano (Review)

posted Nov 14, 2011, 3:02 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Nov 14, 2011, 4:25 PM ]

Giancarlo Vulcano has composed an intricate fabric of textures for the documentary Unfinished Spaces. Vulcano, who is from New York City, does a fantastic job of incorporating cultural soundscapes into the music that tries to balance emotion and intellect. Documentary scoring is probably the hardest type music writing there is. The music has to find a way to a communicate a non-fiction story that is mainly told through dialogue and interviews. Vulcano succeeds by finding the human touches within the story.

The music is not thematic nor is it structured in your normal narrative way, but I wouldn't go as far as saying anything is abstract. The tracks act as movements that each echo something different. What really creates a unified feel here is the Cuban culture felt through the music; he was able to use the ethnic sounds as peppering to an already flavorful meal. The soundtrack is best listened to while laying in bed with your eyes closed. By doing that I was able to get a better sense of the pictures that Vulcano was painting with the music. Since the documentary deals with art and expression I found the music to reflect a lot of that. 

The score is not a thematic narrative but more of sonic ideas that touch on human expressions. The melodies strive in simplicity as there is nothing too overly complex here. Those who prefer grounding themes may be disappointed, but you shouldn't be. Giancarlo Vulcano's score offers up something fresh and unique that not only stimulates your heart but your mind as well. 

You can buy the album on iTunes or at

Also be sure to check out an F.M.M exclusive interview with Giancarlo Vulcano here.