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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composers: Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 03 November 2017

Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli deliver an interesting score for M.F.A. In the movie, Francesca Eastwood gives a breakout performance as an art student who taps into a rich source of creative inspiration after the accidental slaughter of her rapist. An unlikely vigilante emerges, set out to avenge college girls whose attackers walked free - all the while fuelling a vivid thesis exhibition...

The score for M.F.A., is composed by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli. It's a modern soundtrack, which might not be to everyone's taste. But on a technical level it's particularly interesting as it features two subtle elements that you may overlook.

The first element is the sampling and digital manipulation of snippets of the main character, Noelle's, dialogue in the film. These segments have been processed and reversed in order to create a sort of cacophony of voices, to represent a twisted inner dialogue in Noelle's head.

As Noelle is changing, one of the word's present throughout the whole score is "change". It's in almost every cue . It's not always audible to the ear, as on occasion it's digitally manipulated beyond all recognition, but it's there.

The second element is breathing. A number of different styles of breaths were recorded, from short breaths, long breaths, anxious breaths, violent breaths, relaxed breaths. These elements help to give an insight into Noelle's mind as it changes throughout the movie.

The album contains 20 tracks (29 min, 21 sec) and for me, it was a technical curiosity. It's doubtful I'll listen to it in the future for pleasure, but as a work of art the attention to detail goes way beyond the normal score.


Darren Rea

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