Clint Mansell is a film score composer whose compositions for films such as Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain have made him famous. He is formerly of the British punk rock band Pop Will Eat Itself, but when his good friend Darren Aronofsky asked him to compose the soundtrack for his film Pi, he began a memorable and successful foray into original film scores. Here are the seven best pieces (that I’ve heard) of composition by him for films.
7: Ghosts (VOCAL REMIX), Requiem for a Dream
This is a remix version of the original RFAD track. What makes this special is the addition of vocals, sung by none other than Clint Mansell himself.
6: Ghosts of Things to Come, Requiem for a Dream
This is the original version of the previous track. I know it may seem pointless to include them both, but I couldn’t leave either one of them out. I just love the simplicity of this track; how it seems like nothing special, but still manages to evoke emotion.
5: Together We Will Live Forever, The Fountain
Saddening, heartbreaking, depressing and tearjerking, this wonderfully emotional track truly shines as among Mansell’s best, and helps to demonstrate the variety of different musical techniques he can use, from loud and blasting electricity such as in #4, to this simple, quiet piano theme.
4: Pi r 2, Pi
This terrific drum-and-bass opening to Darren Aronofsky’s thought-provoking debut Pi was made with a music video as well. This song really sums up the quick thinking and insanity in the main character’s mind in the great film.
3: Welcome to Lunar Industries, Moon
Mansell has proved he is good at simple and effective piano themes, and this may be one of the most exceptional. The strings, as usual, are a more than welcome and perfectly decent accompaniment.
2: Lux Aeterna, Requiem for a Dream
Just because it’s been heard a million times and become annoyingly tiresome doesn’t make this track any less brilliant than it was the first time. This is the original version, with those haunting strings and sombre mournings for the darkness of the past and the inescapable Hell that will be the future. Close your eyes and listen to this at full volume. Please.
1: Death is the Road To Awe, The Fountain
This is it. This a hectic, pulsing, triumphant mixture of harmful strings and horrible memories. Even if you have not seen the film, as I hadn’t when I first heard this track, you can feel the emotion in it. A classic.
Thanks for reading and listening.