The Soundtrack Of Our Lives: Dipping Into “The Fountain”

May 22nd, 2007 // 10 Comments

fountaincover.jpgOver the weekend, one of your Idolators happened to catch The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky’s 2006 film about…well, we’re not exactly sure. Time-travel? Man’s futile quest to achieve immortality? The future of bathrobes? One thing we know for certain is that the soundtrack–composed by former Pop Will Eat Itself member Clint Mansell, and featuring Mogwai and the Kronos Quartet–is the sort of orchestral space-rock for which many an apple bong was carved:

Clint Mansell feat. Kronos Quartet and Mogwai – Tree Of Life [MP3, link expired]
Clint Mansell feat. Kronos Quartet and Mogwai – Stay With Me [MP3, link expired]

  1. Anonymous

    Clint “No W” Mansell did stuff in Darren’s previous (and far superior) films too! We sneaked into Fountain while waiting to see something else, and it was so rotten we decided we’d rather just sit in the lobby. Dig up that Pi theme!

  2. Luiggi

    I actually thought the movie was great. Ditto for the soundtrack; every track was just awesome, and is great background music for work.

    “Death is the Road to Awe” is another good one on there.

    Luis

  3. Julio Allison

    Not to sound like a pretentious ass or anything, but I really didn’t find this movie as hard to follow as its reputation suggests.

    Fuck. Too late.

    Great music, though.

  4. coreyander

    I love Mansell’s soundtracks and I’m glad he’s still working with Kronos Quartet, too.

    But, uh, apple bong? While that sounds sort of awesome, it’s a little ambitious. My advice to today’s youth: carve an apple pipe when you are on the go, but just go out and buy a bong.

  5. coreyander

    Love Clint Mansell, love his soundtracks for DA, love his collaborations with Kronos Quartet.

    But, uh, apple bong? While that sounds kind of awesome, it’s a little ambitious. My advice to today’s youth: carve an apple pipe for when you are on the go, but just go out and buy a bong.

  6. Juancho

    @KingHater: I agree.

    Clint Mansell’s soundtrack work is amazing. Nuff said.

  7. cerulgalactus

    Call me pretentious if you want, but not only did I find this film easy to follow, but it’s far and a way his best film.

    And the soundtrack is pure amazement.

  8. Aceman

    I agree that this soundtrack is really great. The movie is alright, pales in comparison to Aronofsky’s earlier work.

  9. Brian Raftery

    I loved the movie, and the post’s “we don’t get it!” set-up was a bit of misdirection so we could avoid a) spoilers and b) 3,000-word digressions on the time-space fabric. I’m pretty sure D.A. intended for the film to lend itself to multiple interpretations; I’ve talked to people who walked away with completely different takes on it.

    My interpretation? Rachel Weisz is adorable. Spoiler warning!

  10. Sam Adams

    Like a lot of things, the Fountain is perfectly easy to follow if you don’t expect it to make sense. I have been enjoying the way ABC has been using Kronos’ theme from “Requiem for a Dream” as their “get pumped up for next week’s episode of Lost” music.

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