Feb 052017

Recently got to see last year’s, The Girl On The Train (2016), a dark psychological crime thriller (starring Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans and Allison Janneyand) and was completely swept away by the great score by Danny Elfman.

I’m always keen to listen deeply for the microtones and nuances of pitch that are often a feature of his film scores, as in for example, A Simple Plan (1998), and in this new one, microtonal inflections are expertly and tastefully woven into the fabric of the film, deepening the sense of drama (and dread) of the story line.

Gorgeous orchestral, string and synth composition throughout; the intonational template – to these ears – featuring a foundation of ED2-12 with some microtonal-tuned parts (it would be interesting to know more about the specifics of the microtuning used in this film). The synth and sampling sound-design is amazing and I really appreciated the tasteful and compositional use of saturation in some of the timbres and textures.

Being one that always relishes the end credit music in films, it’s worth mentioning that here the music is truly spectacular and is also where even more microtonal textures unfold that encapsulate the emotion of all that came before. As the end credits roll by, one will notice that Elfman is also credited with playing synthesizer, which, as explained in the LA Times feature linked below, are clearly among the sound sources for the microtones featured throughout the film. Really impeccable work.

The Girl On The Train (2016) | Danny Elfman | OST On YouTube:


The Girl on the Train (2016)

LA Times feature with Danny Elfman about the score:

Danny Elfman on scoring ‘The Girl on the Train’: The darker it gets, the happier I get

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  4 Responses to “The Girl On The Train (2016) | Danny Elfman Film Score”

  1. Thanks for making me aware of this film. Nice film, very good acting, but the brilliant score is what pushes it over the top. Without Elfman’s treatment here the film wouldn’t be the same at all.

  2. Completely agree. While I generally enjoy films featuring Emily Blunt, the central feature of this film is also for me the incredible Elfman score. As I’ve listened through the OST a few times now apart from the film, I detect even more microtonal nuance woven into the music, which stands alone as an excellent suite of compositions; really gorgeous work all around.

  3. I don’t think Danny ever studied with Erv. They just shared a house with Herve Villechaize and percussionist Todd Manley

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