Eerie, Ethereal, Moody, Involving Soundtracks

I'm looking for more of the REAL GOOD, maybe unheard-of stuff.
Really got hooked on Asche & Spencer's *Monster's Ball*, along with some tunes from *Dead Man Walking*, *Johnny Handsome*, etc.
Music that completely takes you into a far-away galaxy, lets you concentrate on loneliness, yet ................. you want to crank the volume way-up and dwell within it.
Blade Runner is one of my favorites.

Brad Day
Atlanta, GA
Popol Vuh's soundtrack for Werner Herzog's brilliant late-70's remake of "Nosferatu". Eerie, ethereal, moody - all here in spades. A minimalist "krautrock" masterpiece. It's quite an adventurous instrumental album - if you're the type that plays it safe, this one may not appeal to you.
Try Phillip Glass's re-scoring for the original "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi, performed by the Kronos Quartet.
If you haven't got it already this CD will twist your head and stretch your rig. Beware of imitations; the original says Produced by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti on the back:

Soundtrack from Twin Peaks/Angelo Badalamenti
Warner Bros 9 26316-2.

For a long ride into a deep space labyrinth try this double CD:

Heinz Holliger/Scardanelli-Zyklus
ECM New Series 1472/73

The choral parts of these scary, floating compositions remind me of the freakiest, unexplainable parts of Stanley Kubrick's film 2001.
Bernard Hermann's score to "Night Digger", a polished little Gothic thriller from early '70's is a favorite. Hermann did a number of musical soundtracks for Alfred Hitchcock, including "Psycho". If I am not mistaken, he also collaborated with Orsen Welles on the infamous radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds".

Label"X"(Cinema Maestro) LXCD 12

Morton Subotnick composed "The Key to Songs" to accompany the ballet based on a wordless novel by Max Ernst, the surrealist painter. Very troubling to listen to. On same disc and in similar vein is "Return", a triumph of reason,
about the ageless superstition and wild speculation surrounding pre-modern notions about Halley's comet. Compelling, not for casual listening.

New Albion Records NAO12

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"Remedies In Heresies" by Elijah's Mantle. This is music to accompany a film called "Philosophy With A Hammer". Too complex to explain musical character and context, but certainly non-secular, modern and majestically scary in old testiment kind of way. One of the CD label detail credits (photo) is called "The Damned In Hell"


Check out Broadcast. Theyre a band that makes music just like your describing. It sounds like everything is decaying beautifully.
I think you'll find the following fit your bill:

The Mission (Morricone)
La Otra Conquista/The Other Conquest (Zyman & Reyes)
Todo Sobre Mi Madre (Iglesias who scores for Almodovar)
Thin Red Line (Zimmer)
I'll second both "Blade Runner" and "The Mission" Will also add the soundtrack to "Baraka" and "Grand Canyon" and "More" (Pink Floyd)
OK, this may be more mainstream but the soundtrack to "Gladiator" certainly conveys loneliness and can be otherwordly at times. I like it anyway. If you like the Bladerunner ST you should check out some other works by Vangelis like "Opera Sauvage". Also, while not a soundtrack per se, the group Enigma's works have been used in many a theatrical trailer!
The Last Temptation of Christ

A not-so-good movie with an AMAZING soundtrack.
Music that is easy for me to get lost in.

By Peter Gabriel (He did Last Temptation)

And "Long Walk Home" from "The Rabbit Proof Fence"

All his soundtracks are excellent.

I also love "Snowgoose" by Camel

Although not soundtracks, I would recommend the work of Sigour Ros

Also a piece called "Symphonic Holocaust" by Morte Macabre which is works based on Horror Film Soundtracks.

You may also be interested in the more etheral works of Steve Wilson, primarily his work with the band Porcupine Tree - "The Sky Moves Sideways" (very Floydian) and "Recordings"

Batman,the score not the soundtrack,Hannibal.When available always look for scores not the soundtracks.
Thanks, you guys are great, appreciate all your responses !!
If you can find it the soundtrack to "Before the Rain" by Anastasia has some beautiful and somber music from Macedonia.

It's not truly a soundtrack as no movie was scored with it, but the Eno/U2 colaboration, "Passengers" was conceived as 8 separate scores, and is certainly worth looking into. Eno's ambient series may be worthy of your attention if you like that kind of music. There is one titled "Music for Films"

Another rare one that is truly bizarre, and for me was one of the most f*&ked-up, weird films I've ever seen (that's on a whole other thread if it's still up) is the soundtrack to the film "Begotten". This pushes the limits of bizarre though...kind of throbbing, and even disturbing music.

David Lynch has certainly produced some eerie soundtracks. Eraserhead is most strange, both as film and score. Every Lynch soundtrack I've heard has been well worth owning, though not all are 'eerie' and 'etherial'. I'd agree on his use of Julee Cruise music on Twin Peaks. I would get her album, "Floating into the Night" which is the essense of her contributions to the Lynch score, but is not the 'official' soundtrack.

Hunt down the soundtrack to Donnie Darko. Trust me, this soundtrack is exactly what the title of this thread describes.
Hey, the suggestions keep getting better !!
*Dreamy* or *Worldly* would have been a more appropiate word than eerie.
In the sense of a slightly more *Atmospheric* music WITHOUT a boring type rhythm machine.
Makes you want to listen over and over.
"Finding Forrester" soundtrack fits this bill nicely. Music of Miles Davis, Bill Frissel, and a version of "Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World" by the late "Great Iz" that is just great. Like Eva Cassidy, he was a young (although morbidly obese) singer with a remarkable voice. He was very young when he died but was very popular in Hawaii, where he lived.
Ryuichi Sakamoto's theme for Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (starring David Bowie) is hard to forget.
The Requiem for a Dream soundtrack fits the bill of dark, eerie, and absorbing. Disturbing movie, with a musical score that's just as dark and chilling.
Enjoyed Mark Isham's soundtrack to "The Cooler" immensely (at least while watching the film). Doesn't really fit the bill, except for the "moody" part, but it is some really traditoioal, smoky, bluesy nightclub jazz sound.
I'll second Peter Gabriel's Passion (Last Temptation of Christ), Long Walk Home (Rabbit Proof Fence) and Birdy. All great. Especially the first 2.

Also -

Apollo, Music For Films (Brian Eno)
Dune (Klaus Schulze)
Traffic - (various) (includes a tune from Eno's Apollo)
Twin Peaks (Badlamenti)
Legend, Sorcerer (Tangerine Dream)
Bladerunner (Vangelis)
Insomnia (David Julyan)
Memento (various)
Pi (various)
Braveheart (Horner)
The soundtrack to "The Insider" very much fits the bill of moody, ethereal, and involving.
Phillip Glass did the soundtrack for the horror film "Candyman". Eerie and haunting.
I'm surprised Thomas Newman's work has not been mentioned more. He's sorta the town's king of Etherial Moody. Recent high water compositions include:


Those are just two excellent examples. Candidly, most of Newman's work is quite moving.

An older school composer who has that gear in his composition bag is James Horner. He's more varied in style than Newman, but some which fall into your catagory are:

HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG (I love this composition)

Of course Phil Glass also falls into this catagory, though I find his compositions become a bit repetative after a while.

Finally, if you like Jazzy stuff, Mark Isham is a good call. Not only is he an excellent straight jazz player, but he's getting more film scoring gigs, and some are quite good.

I do find film scores one of the most over looked sources for outstanding modern composition. Far more quality than modern classical composers. Happy hunting.

I think the soundtrack to "Kafka" qualifies quite nicely. Very spooky and dramatic in that eastern European kind of way. As previously mentioned, I'm also quite fond of the "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" soundtrack - Angelo Badalementi (sic?) got this one right. Good listening.

I've been *reminded* of many good movies my wife has been renting from the library thanks to you Audiogoners.
I'll be doin a lot of searching !!
The soundtrack to the movie "Yol" has a Middle Eastern flavor that transports me. Also the electronic soundtrack for "Chronos" by Michael Sterns. For the more adventurous, I suggest the electronic SDTK for the 1956 sci-fi flick "Forbidden Planet" and the Tangerine Dream SDTKs for "The Sorcerer" and "Wavelength". Stomu Yamashta's SDTK for Paul Mazussky's "The Tempest" takes you out there and brings you back with Dinah Washington singing the old standard, "Mahattan".
I made a small contribuion above and have been following this exchange with interest.

What a great thread! Informative as all getout and hi-class entertainment to boot.
Wrayray, thanks for your interest and contribution !!
If you get a chance, let me know what you think of the Asche & Spencer's soundtrack.
I believe the soundtrack for Whale Rider, by Lisa Gerrard, fits your description very nicely. Only a short narrative or two prevents my complete involvement from start to finish.
Although I don't consider it eerie, the soundtrack to "The Falcon And The Snowman" might be a good one. Pat Matheney and Lyle Mayes are a great team.
The soundtrack from "Local Hero". (Not eerie, but very moody.) I never seem to tire of it, and I`ve owned it for so many years. Knopfler plays beautifully, and it suits the Scottish seashore well.
...and if you like Knopfler, check out "Last Exit to Brooklyn" - talk about eerie and moody.
Islandear, I just ordered it, per your recommendation. You still riding them old Beezers? Me and a bud watched "On Any Sunday" tonight- BSA`s and Trumpets, galoreeee...
Try Tangerine Dream's soundtrack to Sorcerer, also Alan
Parsons Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Alan Parsons,
I believe, was the Sound Engineer on Dark Side of the Moon.
...and Bultacos and Montesas and, what a time that was. Elsinore and Perris were still out in the sticks and suburban sprawl was still twenty years off. None of us thought that McQueen would ever crash, much less die. Now there's tract homes up and down the high desert and Steve's been gone almost twenty-five years. But we'll always have "On Any Sunday" and that wonderful scene from "The Great Escape."

No Bonnies, Lightnings or Commandos in my garage right now, but I've been lucky before.

Another OST suggestion: Wings of Desire from Wenders' film of the same name.
Killing Fields, Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire!
hey Rx8man I think I have lots of these, though they're not sound tracks, they are concept albums. There are some good ones mentioned already above, but also try some Mike Oldfield. His best is "Ommadawn" (not Tubular Bells). Also try "Songs of Distant Earth".

Another one which may be impossible to find is Stomu Yamashta, Michael Shrieve, Al Dimeola, and Steve Winwood - "Go". It was released in 1976 - I have it on vinyl and it's worn out. I've been unable to locate a replacement.

Finally - if you want really ethereal, and involving - try David Bedford "Ryme of the Ancient Mariner". It's a somewhat quiet, and slow moving piece - you need to dedicate yourself to it for the full 40+ minutes - and it doesn't hurt to be into your 3rd scotch. It's also a 70's release, but I saw it on
and 12 years later...
Beck "Morning Phase"
Hex "S/T" ..a hidden gem if you can find it!
Dead Can Dance "The Serpents Egg"
Mazzy Star "Among My Swan" "Seasons of Your Day"