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Soundtrack review: The miracle archives (Simone Cilio – 2015)

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“The miracle archives” is a short film about a journalist’s struggling for success; she sacrifices both her personal and private life to investigate the so called “Miracle Archives”, the mysterious list of supposed miracles. She tries to prove them all false but has a surprise of her own. Simone Cilio wrote the score for this short movie. The album has 14 cue and 15 minutes and this is something that usually worries me.

The composer went for a minimalistic sound and I think it’s the right call for such a short film. As the cues come and go I am starting to get a small shot of nostalgia. “The miracles” and “What’s in the box” (a cue title that instantly make me think of the movie “Se7en”) are atmospheric and almost sound like a synth was used and I am sent back in times to the 80s. The time travel journey isn’t perfect because the sound isn’t quite the same but it’s enough to get my attention. And once my attention is there I get an even nicer reward: “It could work better” is an emotional ambient piece that I know I will listen to again in the future. There’s even time for a small buildup and a romantic, melodic finish that charms me. It flows into “Searching” which is a passionate 23 second long interlude that works perfectly.

Even if the score is so short Simone Cilio had time to develop a theme. You can hear it in a full version in “Red flowers”. It’s a stormy rolling piano theme which has a lot of heart. It tells me a lot and I wasn’t expecting to find something like this in a 15 minutes long score. I believe what the music is telling me and that piano is just wonderful. Since this is the longest piece from “The miracle archives”, “Red flowers” has time for a proper buildup and could work very well as the end credits for a movie that will earn a sequel. I even sensed a Philip Glass vibe towards the end because there is an organ in this score. Just hear it in “She wants to meet you” and “Day 13”. Even since Hans Zimmer used it so well in “Interstellar” I’ve been waiting for another organ driven score.

There’s also time for a very dark cue. “My dear Julia” doesn’t sound like a love letter and I don’t what to know what kind of bad things are happening in the imaginary scene this cue completes. This moment was just a break from the adventures of the organ. That instrument alone should make you want to check out this score because that is a special sound. I enjoyed “The miracle archives” way more than I expected to. There’s a lot of heart in this one.

Cue rating: 93 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 10 / 14

Album excellence: 68%

Highlights:

Phonecall

What’s In the Box?

It Could Work Better

Searching

Red Flowers

She Wants To Meet You

Day 13

The Stability Is Broken

A Second Chance

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About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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