Music of Twin Peaks

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The music of the American television series Twin Peaks, and its 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, was composed by Angelo Badalamenti. Twin Peaks' co-creator David Lynch penned lyrics for five songs used throughout the series—including "Falling", "The Nightingale", "Into the Night", "Just You" and "Sycamore Trees"—and three songs featured in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, including "A Real Indication", "Questions in a World of Blue" and "The Black Dog Runs at Night." Julee Cruise, who made cameo appearances in both the series and film, provided vocals for four of Lynch's and Badalamenti's collaborations, and jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott performed on "Sycamore Trees." Three of the series actors, James Marshall, Lara Flynn Boyle and Sheryl Lee, provided vocals for "Just You."

Badalamenti's compositions have been released on three soundtrack albums: Soundtrack from Twin Peaks (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) and Twin Peaks Music: Season Two Music and More (2007). Starting in March 2011, David Lynch began distributing The Twin Peaks Archive, a collection of previously unreleased and unused songs on his official web site for digital download. In total, 215 songs were made available for download.

Twin Peaks' music has received widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian has said that the original soundtrack "still marks the summit of TV soundtracks"[1] and Allmusic reviewer Stephen Eddins has referred to it as "a model of film music ideally matched to the images and actions it underscores."[2] The main theme song to Twin Peaks, composed by Badalamenti, also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the 1991 Grammy Awards.

Soundtrack from Twin Peaks[edit]

Soundtrack from Twin Peaks
Soundtrack album by Angelo Badalamenti
Released 1990
Recorded 1989–1990
Genre Instrumental, jazz, ambient
Length 49:07
Label Warner Bros.
Producer David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Q 4/5 stars[3]
A 30 second sample of Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks theme.

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All the songs from the album were written by Angelo Badalamenti, who received the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Twin Peaks Theme". Most of the songs are instrumental pieces, but three songs that contain lyrics were written by David Lynch. These three songs are available on the singer Julee Cruise's album Floating into the Night. Cruise's album also contains songs that were used in the series, but are not included in any soundtrack release.

  1. "Twin Peaks Theme"
  2. "Laura Palmer's Theme"
  3. "Audrey's Dance"
  4. "The Nightingale" (vocal by Julee Cruise)
  5. "Freshly Squeezed"
  6. "The Bookhouse Boys"
  7. "Into the Night" (vocal by Julee Cruise)
  8. "Night Life in Twin Peaks"
  9. "Dance of the Dream Man"
  10. "Love Theme from Twin Peaks"
  11. "Falling" (vocal by Julee Cruise)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me[edit]

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Soundtrack album by Angelo Badalamenti
Released 1992
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre Instrumental, jazz, ambient
Length 57 minutes
Label Warner Bros.
Producer David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti
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The film soundtrack features music by Angelo Badalamenti and Thought Gang with lyrics by David Lynch. Badalamenti, Julee Cruise, and Jimmy Scott provide vocals.

  1. "Theme from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me"
  2. "The Pine Float"
  3. "Sycamore Trees" (vocal by Jimmy Scott)
  4. "Don't Do Anything (I Wouldn't Do)"
  5. "A Real Indication (by Thought Gang, vocal by Angelo Badalamenti)
  6. "Questions in a World of Blue" (vocal by Julee Cruise)
  7. "The Pink Room"
  8. "The Black Dog Runs at Night" (by Thought Gang, vocal by Angelo Badalamenti)
  9. "Best Friends"
  10. "Moving Through Time"
  11. "Montage from Twin Peaks – Girl Talk/Birds in Hell/Laura Palmer's Theme/Falling"
  12. "The Voice of Love"

Twin Peaks Music: Season Two Music and More[edit]

Twin Peaks: Season Two Music and More
Soundtrack album by Angelo Badalamenti
Released 2007
Recorded 1989–1992
Genre Instrumental, jazz, ambient
Length 75 minutes
Label Absurda/David Lynch
Producer David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti
Professional ratings
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Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Some seventeen years after the release of the first volume of music from the television series, a second volume was issued in October 2007 to coincide with the release of the Gold Box Edition DVD release of the TV series.

  1. "Love Theme Intro" – 2:21 (*)
  2. "Shelly" – 2:17
  3. "New Shoes" – 3:48
  4. "High School Swing" – 1:51
  5. "Hayward Boogie" – 2:16 (performed by Alicia Witt)
  6. "Blue Frank" – 5:10
  7. "Audrey's Prayer" – 2:10
  8. "I'm Hurt Bad" – 2:30
  9. "Cop Beat" – 1:56
  10. "Harold's Theme" – 1:42
  11. "Barber Shop" – 1:25
  12. "Night Bells" – 2:47
  13. "Just You" – 3:36 (vocal by James Marshall, Sheryl Lee & Lara Flynn Boyle)
  14. "Drug Deal Blues" – 3:08
  15. "Audrey" – 2:26
  16. "Josie and Truman" – 4:32
  17. "Hook Rug Dance" – 2:24
  18. "Packard's Vibration" – 2:39
  19. "Half Heart" – 5:31
  20. "Laura's Dark Boogie" – 5:01
  21. "Dark Mood Woods/The Red Room" – 9:01
  22. "Love Theme Farewell" – 2:34

(*) before the first track there is a bonus track (Hidden Track One Audio, HTOA) which can be reached by rewinding while playing the first track, which runs 4:19.

The Twin Peaks Archive[edit]

Twin Peaks Archive
Soundtrack album by Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch
Released 2011–2012
Recorded 1989–1992
Genre Instrumental, jazz, ambient
Length 591:07
Label davidlynch.com
Producer David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti

On March 10, 2011, davidlynch.com relaunched as a site dedicated to the music of David Lynch and his collaborators. One of the features of the site was The Twin Peaks Archive, described as an "open album" with previously unreleased tracks from Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me being released on a regular basis. Many of the tracks streamed for free on the site, set to photo slide shows featuring images from the series and movie. They were also available for purchase as MP3s or Apple Lossless files. Related tracks were often sold together as bundles. The Archive concluded in July 2012.

  1. "Deer Meadow Shuffle"
  2. "Deer Meadow Shuffle (Film Version)"
  3. "Just You (Instrumental Baritone Guitar)" (*)
  4. "Twin Peaks (Alternate Version)"
  5. "Annie And Cooper"
  6. "Nightsea Wind"
  7. "Freshly Squeezed (Bass Clarinet)"
  8. "Twin Peaks (Harp & Guitar)"
  9. "Twin Peaks (Nostalgia Version)"
  10. "Twin Peaks (Solo Rhodes)"
  11. "Mysterioso #1"
  12. "Mysterioso #1 (Film Version)"
  13. "Mysterioso #2" (*)
  14. "Mysterioso #2 (Film Version)"
  15. "Love Theme (Alternate Version)"
  16. "Love Theme (Solo Rhodes)"
  17. "Americana"
  18. "James Hurley (Americana)" (*)
  19. "Mister Snooty"
  20. "Dance Of The Dream Man (Vibraphone)" (*)
  21. "Picking on Country"
  22. "I'm Hurt Bad (Industrial Symphony No. 1 Version)"
  23. "Western Ballad"
  24. "Preparing For M.T. Wentz"
  25. "Secret Country"
  26. "Dark Mood Woods"
  27. "RR Swing"
  28. "Great Northern Piano Tune 1"
  29. "Great Northern Piano Tune 2 (Josie And Truman)"
  30. "Great Northern Piano Tune 3"
  31. "Twin Peaks (Solo Piano)"
  32. "Girl Talk"
  33. "Birds In Hell"
  34. "Audrey's Prayer (Clarinet & Synth)"
  35. "Audrey's Prayer (Synth)"
  36. "The Norwegians"
  37. "Sneaky Audrey"
  38. "Freshly Squeezed (Mid-Tempo Solo Vibraphone)"
  39. "Miss Twin Peaks Theme"
  40. "Lucy's Dance"
  41. "Lana's Dance"
  42. "Miss Twin Peaks (Piano Rehearsal)" (*)
  43. "Miss Twin Peaks (Finale)"
  44. "Sycamore Trees (Instrumental)"
  45. "South Sea Dreams"
  46. "Hula Hoppin'"
  47. "Love Theme (Piano & Rhodes)"
  48. "Owl Cave"
  49. "Slow Speed Orchestra 1 (24 Hours)"
  50. "Slow Speed Orchestra 2 (Unease Motif/The Woods)"
  51. "Slow Speed Orchestra 3 (Black Lodge Rumble)"
  52. "Half Speed Orchestra 1 (Stair Music/Danger Theme)"
  53. "Half Speed Orchestra 2 (Dark Forces)"
  54. "Half Speed Orchestra 3 (Windom Earle's Motif)"
  55. "James Visits Laura"
  56. "Harold's Theme (The Living Novel)"
  57. "Harold's Theme (Josie's Past)"
  58. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Ghost Version)"
  59. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Ethereal Pad Version)"
  60. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Guardian Angel Version)"
  61. "Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Sax)"
  62. "Audrey's Dance (Percussion & Clarinets)"
  63. "Solo Percussion 1"
  64. "Solo Percussion 2 (Grady's Waltz)"
  65. "Solo Percussion 3"
  66. "Northwest Gulch"
  67. "Dance Of The Dream Man (Drums & Bass)"
  68. "Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Clarinet)"
  69. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Solo Clarinet)"
  70. "Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Flute)"
  71. "Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Bass)"
  72. "Just You (Instrumental)"
  73. "The Bookhouse Boys"
  74. "The Bookhouse Boys (Solo Guitar)"
  75. "Earle's Theme"
  76. "Half Speed Orchestra 5 (Leo's Theme)"
  77. "Hank's Theme"
  78. "Hank's Theme (Version 2)"
  79. "Horne's Theme"
  80. "Invitation To Love Theme"
  81. "Invitation To Love (Bumper)"
  82. "Invitation To Love (Lover's Dilemma)"
  83. "Lana's Theme"
  84. "Wheeler's Theme"
  85. "Freshly Squeezed (Complete Version)"
  86. "Freshly Squeezed (Clarinet)"
  87. "Freshly Squeezed (Flute)"
  88. "Freshly Squeezed (Mid-Tempo Version)"
  89. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version)"
  90. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Solo Bass)"
  91. "Freshly Squeezed (Solo Bass Clarinet)"
  92. "Freshly Squeezed (Solo Clarinet)"
  93. "Freshly Squeezed (Solo Flute)"
  94. "The Mill Deal"
  95. "Josie And Jonathan (The Mill Deal)"
  96. "The Mill Fire"
  97. "Teresa's Autopsy"
  98. "Phillip Jeffries"
  99. "Back To Fat Trout (Unease Motif/The Woods)"
  100. "Laura Visits Harold"
  101. "Behind The Mask"
  102. "Wash Your Hands"
  103. "It's Your Father"
  104. "Jacques' Cabin/The Train Car"
  105. "Circumference Of A Circle"
  106. "Fire Walk With Me (Sax)"
  107. "Dark Mood Woods (Studio Version)"
  108. "One-Eyed Jack's Parlor Music (Piano)" (*)
  109. "Twin Peaks (Christmas Greeting)" (+)
  110. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Clarinet)"
  111. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Baritone Guitar Punctuation)"
  112. "Leo Returns"
  113. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Caroline Version)"
  114. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Letter From Harold)"
  115. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Vibraphone)"
  116. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Dark Synth)"
  117. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Clarinet & Strings Bridge)"
  118. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Clarinet Bridge)"
  119. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) TK1"
  120. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) TK2"
  121. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) TK3"
  122. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) TK4"
  123. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano B) TK1" (*)
  124. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano B) TK2" (*)
  125. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano Bridge)"
  126. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Solo Piano)"
  127. "Night Bells (Original)"
  128. "Night Bells (Slow Version)"
  129. "Slow Speed Orchestra 4 (White Lodge Rumble)"
  130. "Harold's Theme (Harpsichord)"
  131. "Audrey's Prayer (Earle's Flute)"
  132. "Audrey's Dance (Fast) (Clean)"
  133. "Audrey's Dance (Clean)"
  134. "Audrey's Dance (Fast) (Dance Of The Dream Man Clarinet)" (*)
  135. "Audrey's Dance (Fast) (Dance Of The Dream Man Flute)" (*)
  136. "Audrey's Dance (Fast) (Dance Of The Dream Man Sax)" (*)
  137. "Audrey's Dance (Solo Rhodes)"
  138. "Audrey's Dance (Synth & Vibraphone)"
  139. "Audrey's Dance (Drums & Bass)"
  140. "Sneaky Audrey (Alternate Version)"
  141. "Sneaky Audrey (Audrey's Investigation)"
  142. "Sneaky Audrey (Solo)"
  143. "One-Armed Man's Theme (Solo Clarinet Improv)"
  144. "Great Northern Big Band"
  145. "Attack Of The Pine Weasel"
  146. "Great Northern Piano Tune 4"
  147. "Wedding Hymn"
  148. "Wedding Song 1 (Accordion)"
  149. "Wedding Song 2"
  150. "Wedding Song 3 (Stranger Nights)"
  151. "Twin Peaks (Solo Harp)"
  152. "Ben's Lament"
  153. "Ben's Battle"
  154. "Ben's Battle (Solo Percussion)"
  155. "Ben's Battle (Solo Flute)" (*)
  156. "Ben's Battle (Solo Trumpet)"
  157. "The Culmination"
  158. "Half Speed Orchestra 4 (Dugpas)"
  159. "Half Speed Orchestra 6 (Bob's Dance/Back To Missoula)"
  160. "Half Speed Orchestra 7 (Through The Darkness)" (*)
  161. "Distant Train"
  162. "Laura's Dark Boogie (Clean)"
  163. "The Red Room"
  164. "Love Theme (Dark)"
  165. "James And Evelyn"
  166. "James And Evelyn (Trail Mix)" (*)
  167. "Eveyln's Mourning"
  168. "Eveyln's Mourning (Extended)" (*)
  169. "La Speranza"
  170. "Dark Intro 1" (*)
  171. "Dark Intro 2" (*)
  172. "Dark Intro 3" (*)
  173. "Dark Intro 4" (*)
  174. "Dark Intro 5" (*)
  175. "Dark Intro 6" (*)
  176. "Packards' Vibration (Original)"
  177. "The Mill Dirge"
  178. "Llama Country"
  179. "Jumpin' Fiddlesticks (One-Eyed Jack's Country)"
  180. "Dick Tremayne's Swing"
  181. "Audrey's Walk (Earle's Flute)"
  182. "Jean Renault's Theme (Solo Bass Clarinet)"
  183. "Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made Of"
  184. "Leo Attacks Bobby"
  185. "The Pink Room (Extended Version)"
  186. "Log Lady Presence"
  187. "The Voice Of Love (Slow Version)"
  188. "Half Heart (Solo)"
  189. "Dance Of The Dream Man (Original)"
  190. "Audrey (Original)"
  191. "One Armed Man's Theme & Jean Renault's Theme (TV Mix)"
  192. "Great Northern Piano Tune 2 (Josie And Truman) (Full)"
  193. "Solo Percussion 4"
  194. "Solo Percussion (Arbitrary Cymbals)"
  195. "Wheeler's Theme (Alternate Version)"
  196. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Clean) *partial"
  197. "You Killed Mike/Night Bells (Film Mix)"
  198. "Half Heart (Take 4)" (*)
  199. "Half Heart (Slow Jazz Version)" (*)
  200. "Half Heart (Clarinet & Strings)" (*)
  201. "Chinese Theme (Demo)" (*)
  202. "Falling Into Love Theme (Demo)" (*)
  203. "Love Theme Light (Demo)" (*)
  204. "Love Theme Slower And Darker (Demo)" (*)
  205. "Love Theme To Falling (Demo)" (*)
  206. "Low Wide And Beautiful (Demo)" (*)
  207. "Night Walk (Demo)" (*)
  208. "Slow Cool Jazz (Audrey's Dance) (Demo)" (*)
  209. "Wide Vibrato Augmented Chords (Demo)" (*)
  210. "Wide Vibrato Mood To Falling (Demo)" (*)
  211. "Questions in a World of Blue (Demo)" (*)

(*) unused in series or film

(+) used as promotional bumper

  • Removed from Archive:
  • "Evelyn's Mourning (Mix)",
  • "Dick Tremayne's Swing (Screen Edit)" [was a fan mix],
  • "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Clarinet)" [was a repeat track],
  • "Love Theme (Light)" [was an edit]

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