Composer A.R. Rahman & Director Danny Boyle Make Magic…Again.
A.R. Rahman holds the Oscars for best original score and for best original song "Jai Ho" for his work on "Slumdog Millionaire" during the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
The well known expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” works well to describe the chemistry between Indian music composer A.R. Rahman and British director Danny Boyle, after it has once again become clear that they need no fixin’. The two, who locked down the Oscar for Best Original Score in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire”, are already amidst Oscar buzz for Boyle’s latest, “127 Hours”, for which Rahman scored a Golden Globe nomination just last week.
A true story about the mountain climber Aron Ralston (played by James Franco), the film chronicles how Ralston is forced to saw off his arm with a low-quality pocket knife after being stuck under a boulder for, well… 127 hours. While Boyle eloquently presents this compelling story, he is aided by the moving music provided by Rahman. The soundtrack proves Rahman’s comprehension for melody and musical magic — the score is climactic, inspiring and chilling, with perfectly timed crescendos.
The other Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Score include Alexandre Desplat for “The King’s Speech,” Danny Elfman for “Alice in Wonderland,” Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross for “The Social Network” and Hans Zimmer for “Inception.”
Rahman’s experience in music-making transcends both the Bollywood and Hollywood scene and has the uncanny ability to transport you to another place. But whatever -wood it may be, the power to have that ability is truly sublime. So aside from being a creative genius, how does Rahman do it? The answer is found in Logic. Apple’s Logic Studio Pro, that is. Rahman has self-admittedly been working with this software for about 12 years.
Rahman says: “I mostly don’t write to specifically defined cues. I just watch the film a couple of times, stop watching it, then write something that comes to my mind from the film. This way, when I try to sync the music, the results are that much more wholesome. You get something extra that you don’t get when you’re looking at specific points in the timeline. The music is much more organic this way, not jumping cue to cue.”
Rahman’s approach is creatively logical, and his results are breathtakingly magical.
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The full track list from the original soundtrack is below:
1. ” Never Hear Surf Music Again” – Free Blood 5:52
2. “The Canyon” - A. R. Rahman 3:01
3. “Liberation Begins” – A. R. Rahman 2:14
4. “Touch Of The Sun” – A. R. Rahman 4:39
5. “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers 4:16
6. “Nocturne No.2 in E flat, Op.9 No.2″ – Vladimir Ashkenazy 4:01
7. “Ca Plane Pour Moi” – Plastic Bertrand 3:00
8. “Liberation In A Dream” – A. R. Rahman 4:06
9. “If You Love Me (Really Love Me)” – Esther Phillips 3:27
10. “Acid Darbari” – A. R. Rahman 4:21
11. “R.I.P.” – A. R. Rahman 5:11
12. “Liberation” – A. R. Rahman 3:11
13. “Festival” – Sigur Ros 9:26
14. “If I Rise” – Dido, A. R. Rahman 4:38