Does anyone else love listening to film scores? Because I love listening to film scores. Film music is a wonderful way to escape reality because of the (literal) stories that go along with the music.
Today I want to share one of my favorite film scores: The Imitation Game (2014).
The movie is loosely based on the biography of Alan Turing (1912-1954), British mathematician, codebreaker, and computer scientist (he basically invented the computer). The story takes place during World War II, where Turing creates a machine that decodes Nazi messages.
French film composer Alexandre Desplat composed the score in just under three weeks. This is astounding, as every little sound was placed so carefully in the score to enhance the story. Check out this podcast where Desplat talks about how he composed the main theme, and continue reading for some discussion on the music.
Notice the arpeggios in the opening of the suite. This motif plays throughout the film, representing Turing’s thinking mind and the workings of a machine. In fact, Desplat was inspired by the computer when composing this music: the computer randomized some of the piano arpeggios in the score (read more about that idea here, in an interview Desplat did with HitFix).
Over the arpeggios rises the main theme, full of mystery and hope. It’s beautiful yet tragic, possibly foreshadowing Turing’s greatest achievements and his tragic death. I find it interesting that the long, arching melody is juxtaposed against the rapid arpeggios; maybe Desplat wanted us to feel the sorrow behind the man Turing had to pretend to be and the man he actually was.
The Imitation Game score was masterfully written, and I love listening to it for inspiration. What are your favorite film scores to listen to?