I have been curating playlists featuring dramatic scores for several years at Mood Media. My favorite thing about working with soundtracks is exploring the dustier corners of cult film and digging in to the unique scores that accompany these art-house classics. Some of the most interesting and compelling sounds come from niche genre films – Spaghetti Westerns, Sci Fi, 70’s Exploitation, Animation, Horror etc. On a tight budget and unable to afford a full orchestra, the composers of these soundtracks used innovative musical techniques to create the right atmosphere.

There has been a noticeable movement in the vinyl reissue industry to unearth some of these amazing soundtracks. Labels such as Superior Viaduct, One Way Static and Dagored have heard the value of this music and have been churning out beautifully packaged and remastered LPs. Next time you are in the record store looking for something different, I’d highly suggest taking a look in the soundtracks section for some of these newly reissued soundtracks:

Alain Goraguer: La Planete Sauvage (1973)

Ennio Morricone: Il Mio Nome E’ Nessuno (1973)

Philip Glass: Candyman (1992)

Edward Aremiev: Solaris (1972)

Ennio Morricone: Veruschka (1971)

– Submitted by Justin Main, Music Design