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 Posted:   Mar 22, 2011 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Krakower Group   (Member)



Soundtrack Features Original Music By Chris Bacon

(March 1, 2011- Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the Source Code -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack available digitally and in stores on March 29, 2011. Chris Bacon (Gnomeo and Juliet) composed the original music.

“Chris was a revelation,” said the film’s director Duncan Jones. “We gave Chris what seemed an impossibly difficult task: create an original score in an extremely compressed time frame. One that matches the film’s fast pace and switches of mood and tone. One that not only identifies the emotional moments, but also elevates them. Chris delivered a seventy piece orchestral score that did all of this and more.”

Bacon described, “Duncan Jones (the über-talented director), Paul Hirsch (the venerable editor) and I decided to dive in and try to tackle the biggest musical moments of the film first: the frozen moment scene at the end of the movie, and the ‘Opening Title.’”

“The rolling string figure from the opening became a sort of musical glue, providing a motor to accompany Colter’s determination as the film progressed,” Bacon explained, “Hopefully something familiar to grab on to throughout the film when a melody wasn’t really called for. The middle section of the opening was more traditionally melodic, and became the theme for the mystery of what source code is.”

Chris Bacon attended Brigham Young University where he received his undergraduate degree in music composition in 2003. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles where he attended USC and completed the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television graduate program. It was there that he met James Newton Howard, and after graduating in 2005, Bacon started working for Newton Howard as a full-time assistant. While he gained much from his formal education, it was during this time that Bacon really began learning the craft that is film scoring.

In 2007, Newton Howard recommended Bacon to Barry Sonnenfeld who was looking for a composer for the animated film Space Chimps. As a composer, Chris has worked with some tremendous and inspiring filmmakers, including Sonnenfeld and Kirk Dimicco (Space Chimps), Don Hahn and Peter Schneider (Waking Sleeping Beauty), Taylor Hackford (Love Ranch), Rick Rich (Alpha and Omega), Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet), and now Duncan Jones (Source Code).

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

“The frozen moment is really the emotional climax of the film, and provided the opportunity to write a theme for Colter and Christina that we were able to parse up a bit and allude to in several earlier scenes, but reserve the full statement for this moment,” said Bacon.

Summit Entertainment presents Source Code in theaters on April 1, 2011. Source Code – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Lakeshore Records will be released digitally and in stores on March 29, 2011.


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 Posted:   Apr 2, 2011 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

How pleasing it was to listen to an intelligent and entertaining score in the enjoyable thriller Source Code. How refreshing not to be bamboozled by rock beats backed by strings and the occasional horn. A real live home grown film score written the old fashion way. Well done Mr Bacon.

 Posted:   Apr 2, 2011 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Sounds great smile
I'm seeing the film this week and will report back with my thoughts.

 Posted:   Apr 2, 2011 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   mrscott   (Member)

A full review will be up a little later. Film is marvelous. SciFi with lots of bits and pieces from Groundhog Day, Avatar and even Manchurian Candidate. Score harkens memories of the great main title to North by Northwest by B Herrmann. Serious score to a serious movie that delivers the goods. Looking forward to more by Mr Bacon.

 Posted:   Apr 2, 2011 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   mrscott   (Member)

Source Code / Rated PG-13 for violence and language
This film is a SciFi adventure. If SciFi is not your favorite venue this film may not be for you. On the other hand this film references other movies like “Somewhere in Time”, “Avatar” and “Groundhog Day”. If you enjoyed these films it may be right up your alley. The story concerns a terrorist act that happens to a passenger train in Chicago. Filmed in and around Chicago with some studio work in Montreal it is a nifty thriller that adds its own brand of suspense and SciFi thrills to the big screen. It opens with a great main title played over a fast moving city landscape. Chris Bacon’s score brings memories of Bernard Hermann’s great main title to the Hitchcock thriller “North by Northwest”, yes, it’s that good. The story concerns an explosion of a passenger train and a new scientific computer program that somehow allows the investigators to relive the last 8 minutes of the trains progress in order to try to figure out the ID of the terrorist and stop an even bigger disaster. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a military guy who jumps in and out of a body aboard the train and tracks the clues. Time is ticking. As is the really big bomb. Along the way romance occurs, even if it only has 8 minutes to develop. The story progresses at high speed and gives us a Twilight Zone moment at the end. I have seen a number of movies with similar themes. Usually the writers have a clever idea but write themselves into a corner with no satisfactory way out. The entire TV series “Lost” is a good example. The writers of Source Code figure out a surprising and satisfactory ending. Western author Louis L’Amour always said that you didn’t need to develop a story at the beginning. Start right in the middle of an exciting moment and let it all work it’s way out later. This film follows that motif with a vengeance. Little by little we learn a bit more about the main character as he “Groundhog Day’s” his pursuit of the terrorist. His dad who is heard only on the phone is played by Scott Bakula. This is a clue to the film. I can’t give you any more as the one thing this film doesn’t need is spoilers. It needs and deserves an audience. Over and over again.
Rated 3.5 out of 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0. Another key to Source Code. That’s all you get.

 Posted:   Mar 23, 2012 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

After having enjoyed Chris Bacon's score to this film over and over, I FINALLY sat down to watch this film. Frankly, it's the best movie I've watched in months!! Jake is really a fantastic actor, but everyone in this movie did a wonderful job. The writing was sharp, intelligent and never pandered. The music worked perfectly and you can bet I will be looking for more scores by this phenomenally talented composer!

 Posted:   Mar 23, 2012 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   ctblass   (Member)

I believe Chris has taken over scoring duties on NBC's Smash. I've heard the musical numbers on the show are actually quite good. I don't know how much underscore is needed, but it sounds like a pretty decent gig. Hopefully he'll still have time for features in the future, I quite enjoyed Source Code's score as well.

 Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 2:07 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Stumbled upon this because I enjoy Bacon´s score for "Bates Motel" - and I am pleasantly surprised.

Really great combination of "old school" and modern approaches - no MV sound at all.

Huge fun!

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