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The Great Invisible
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: David Wingo
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 06 January 2015

Lakeshore Records releases David Wingo's score for documentarian Margaret Brown's new film, which depicts the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and resultant oil spill from multiple viewpoints. On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oilrig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away. Brown traveled to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the environmental disaster. Years later, the Southern Americans still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page...

David Wingo's score for the documentary The Great Invisible is probably one that's best heard as it was originally intended, as a background to the movie. On it's own, it sounds a little flat and is certainly not the sort of score most will want to listen to to unwind.

The album contains 16 tracks (40 min, 12 sec). The music is fine for what it was intended for, but offers nothing surprising, or that interesting. In addition tracks like 'Rigworkers Testimony' really push the boundaries of the compressed mp3 format. Listening to this on an iPod Classic, on studio grade headphones, there was quite a bit of distortion and it became uncomfortable to listen to.

So, while not a bad score by any stretch of the imagination, it's just difficult to fathom who would want to listen to this outside of the movie.


Darren Rea

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