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The Stanford Prison Experiment
Original Score


Composer: Andrew Hewitt
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 05 August 2016

Lakeshore Records release Andrew Hewitt's score for The Stanford Prison Experiment. What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behaviour in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days...

Andrew Hewitt delivers a collection of atmospheric background cues with his score for The Stanford Prison Experiment. This was never intended to be listened to in isolation, but as a chill out album this (on the whole) works well to add background music to your day as you read a book or engage in some other activity that doesn't require you to focus on the music.

The album contains 21 tracks (40 min, 38 sec) and it's doubtful that you'll take anything away from it that will leave a lasting impression on you. Likewise, it's unlikely that you'll find any track that is more to your liking than any of the others. This is a score that you can play in any order and still, pretty much, get the same result.

While, on balance, it's an interesting score. It's probably one best heard for the medium it was composed for, rather than a standalone listening experience.


Darren Rea

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