Bobby Johnston’s score for the eco-doc consists of a short group of motifs rather than fully developed themes, mostly performed by acoustic guitar and light percussion. Based around a tight guitar riff, Johnston’s variations include a version with an elliptical melodic line (“Dad’s Dream #2”), and the use of xylophone, soft vocals, and the barest of strings gives the score a strong warm, organic feel (as in the cheery “Community Garden”).
More dramatic cues emphasize rhythmic textures with a bluesy twang, with percussion accompaniment stemming from scrapes, woody taps and shakes. Although most cues are very brief – most seem designed to punctuate transitions and montages rather than underscore long sequences – they do create a sense of accessibility, creating a bridge between the film and viewers with differing ideologies.
The soundtrack album is nicely mastered with a warm analogue sound, and it’s only flaw lies in the score’s fragmented structure; it’s more functional as dramatic underscore than a suite of film themes, and there is a sense of repetition when certain themes and motifs fade up & out with regularity. It’s a fine work, but perhaps the CD would’ve been more accessible as a series of expanded themes.
An interview with the composer is also available.
© 2012 Mark R. Hasan