Theremin in TCM's 15 Most Influential Movie Soundtracks List

Theremin in TCM's 15 Most Influential Movie Soundtracks List

The classic Theremin Soundtrack to 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' has been chosen by TCM as one of the Top 15 most influential Soundtracks.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Composer: Bernard Herrmann
Eerie and haunting, the score Bernard Herrmann created for The Day the Earth Stood Still set the style for future science fiction films, from It Came From Outer Space (1953) to Blade Runner (1982). Although Miklos Rozsa in Spellbound (1945) introduced Hollywood to the electronic instrument known as the Theremin, Herrmann was the first to use it to create an all-electronic score. He did so by combining two Theremins with electronic organs, vibraphones and amplified strings, among other instruments. The jarring sounds perfectly captured the anxieties underlying this tale of a UFO landing in the middle of Washington, D.C. Herrmann also recorded on multiple tracks, long before stereophonic sound was widely used in Hollywood. He even played some cues backwards to create an unearthly masterpiece.

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