Ravenous (soundtrack)

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Ravenous
The very subtle difference between the US (top) and UK (bottom) editions' covers.
Design by Deborah Norcross.
Soundtrack album by Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman
Released March 9, 1999 (USA)
September 13, 1999 (UK)
Genre Minimalist
Length 74:35 (USA)
75:35 (UK)
Language English
Label Virgin (USA)
EMI (UK)
Producer Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman
William Orbit (UK version tracks 20-22)
Michael Nyman chronology
Practical Magic
(1998)
Ravenous
(1999)
Wonderland
(1999)
Damon Albarn chronology
Bustin' + Dronin'
(1998)
Ravenous
(1999)
13
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Music from the Movies 4/4 stars[2]

Ravenous is the score for the film of the same name. It was written and performed by Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman (by agreement, Albarn credited first on the album and Nyman credited first on the film credits). The score was actually not a collaboration, according to Nyman: "Ravenous was a joint composition in the sense that Damon Albarn composed 60% of the tracks and I did the rest." [3] It features Nyman's first writing for banjo since his 1981 self-titled album.

The tracks known to be composed/arranged by Nyman include:

  • Hail Columbia & Noises Off (actually pre-existing arrangements) and Welcome To Fort Spencer. These were written for and performed by Foster's Social Orchestra, a group of non-musician artists Nyman assembled under the inspiration of the Portsmouth Sinfonia.[4]
  • Cannibal Fantasy (on the Ravenous DVD commentary, Albarn attributes Cannibal Fantasy to Nyman).

In addition, the tracks most recognisably in Nyman's (more classical) idiom include:

  • The "Ives" tracks (i.e. Stranger At The Window, Ives Returns, and A Game Of Two Shoulders).
  • Trek To The Cave.
  • Checkmate.
  • Ives Torments Boyd And Kills Knox.

While the only tracks clearly known to be composed by Albarn are "Boyd's Journey" and "Colqhoun's Story" (confirmed on the aforementioned DVD commentary), the following tracks share similar rhythmic and electronic characteristics, based upon looped samples and distortions:

  • He Was Licking Me
  • Let's Go Kill That Bastard
  • The Pit
  • Martha And The Horses
  • Saveoursoulissa
  • Manifest Destiny

In addition, the long track, "The Cave," features many characteristics of Albarn's other tracks while also sampling a sting from Nyman's rejected score to the film Practical Magic. The "End Titles" track features alternate recordings of "Boyd's Journey" (Albarn) and "Cannibal Fantasy" (Nyman).

Individual pieces from the score have shown up in many different movies including:

  • Opening sample of Saveoursoulissa in unaltered form in Magnolia
    • Actually, the Magnolia score features the beginning of the main title track from P.T. Anderson's Hard Eight (1996 - also titled Sydney) by Michael Penn.
  • Manifest Destiny banjo riff in Hostel

Track listing[edit]

  1. Hail Columbia 2:42 (Philip Phile, arranged by Michael Nyman)
  2. Boyd's Journey 3:02
  3. Welcome to Fort Spencer 1:41 (Stephen Foster, arranged by Michael Nyman)
  4. Noises Off 1:54 (Stephen Foster, arranged by Michael Nyman)
  5. Stranger at the Window 1:48
  6. Colquhoun's Story 4:43
  7. Weendigo Myth 1:23 written and sung by Quiltman
  8. Trek to the Cave 4:24
  9. "He Was Licking Me" 1:41
  10. The Cave 8:01
  11. "Run!" 2:10
  12. "Let's Go Kill that Bastard" 3:51
  13. "The Pit" 4:37
  14. Ives Returns :49
  15. Cannibal Fantasy 2:13
  16. A Game of Two Shoulders 2:25
  17. Checkmate 2:17
  18. Martha and the Horses 3:14
  19. Ives Torments Boyd and Kills Knox 2:16
  20. Manifest Destiny 5:20
  21. Saveoursoulissa 8:40
  22. End Titles 5:01

Personnel[edit]

The Michael Nyman Orchestra, led by Jackie Shave, conducted by Michael Nyman

British release[edit]

The British version of the soundtrack album features three tracks remixed by William Orbit, "Boyd's Beauty pt. A", "Screech Jam" (based on "The Cave" and "Ives Returns"), and "The Pit." Due to the length of the album, this necessitated the omission of three tracks: "Ives Returns," "Manifest Destiny," and "End Credits."

Track listing[edit]

  1. Hail Columbia 2:42 (Philip Phile, arranged by Michael Nyman)
  2. Boyd's Journey 3:02
  3. Welcome to Fort Spencer 1:41 (Stephen Foster, arranged by Michael Nyman)
  4. Noises Off 1:54 (Stephen Foster, arranged by Michael Nyman)
  5. Stranger at the Window 1:48
  6. Colquhoun's Story 4:43
  7. Weendigo Myth 1:23 written and sung by Quiltman
  8. Trek to the Cave 4:24
  9. "He Was Licking Me" 1:41
  10. The Cave 8:01
  11. "Run!" 2:10
  12. "Let's Go Kill that Bastard" 3:51
  13. "The Pit" 4:37
  14. Cannibal Fantasy 2:13
  15. A Game of Two Shoulders 2:25
  16. Checkmate 2:17
  17. Martha and the Horses 3:14
  18. Ives Torments Boyd and Kills Knox 2:16
  19. Saveoursoulissa 8:38
  20. Boyd's Beauty pt.A* 4:21
  21. Screech Jam* 3:31
  22. The Pit* 4:40

Additional personnel for EMI release[edit]

*Additional production and mix by William Orbit

References[edit]