John Frizzell

Legion [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Composer John Frizzell had a concept for how to approach the music for the "supernatural action thriller" Legion, a movie about an attack of avenging angels in which the last stand for humanity occurs at an out-of-the-way diner (really). Dropping woodwinds and trumpets from his orchestral palette, Frizzell concentrated on strings and low brass, adding in synthesizer effects, particularly what he refers to in his liner notes to the soundtrack album as "frozen sounds." "I create these ‘frozen sounds' by taking one- or two-second audio files of different instruments and stretching them to 30 seconds or more using various audio processing software," he explains. "After processing these sounds through different plug-ins/outboard gear, I end up with what feels both electronic yet very human and expressive at the same time...." Expressive these percussive sound beds certainly are. "Very human"? Maybe not. Anyway, Frizzell succeeds in creating fairly typical cues to accompany the action and thrills in the film. He seems to alternate on the album between slow, ominous tracks and fast ones, following the contours of a script in which suspense precedes violence. However the effects are achieved, the result is similar to other scores in the genre, with music that combines dark orchestral passages with what sound like swarms of electronic bees and metal doors slamming rhythmically. It all serves to keep the viewer on edge, and that's the point.

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