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Soundtrack review: Synchronicity (Ben Lovett – 2016)

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“Synchronicity” is a 2015 American science fiction film directed, written, and edited by Jacob Gentry. It stars Chad McKnight, A. J. Bowen, Brianne Davis, Scott Poythress, and Michael Ironside. After he invents a time travel machine, physicist Jim Beale becomes suspicious of the motives of a woman that he meets. He sends himself back in time to learn more about her and potentially stop her from stealing his invention for an untrustworthy venture capitalist. Yeah I will definitely see this movie. But what really makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside is what composer Ben Lovett said about writing the score “Jacob and I were both raised on 80’s movies and the music of John Carpenter, Wendy Carlos, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre and others who pioneered the sound of that era”. Me too, me too! Do I dare to hope we’ll get a score in THAT sound, my most precious and dear? Yep, he says just that. Let me just make myself comfortable here.

The Sci-fi sound of the 80… is there anything more awesome than this? The metallic darkness… the melodic inserts that create the illusion of hope when in fact they are just the reflection the light on the metallic carcass of the robots coming to get us… The inflexions of the sound simulating vortexes and tight spaces… the computer sounds that make me think of the most primitive of devices… sounds that remind me of my childhood… of a simpler time, of the nicest time. Yeah this sound might spell danger and darkness but it’s a sweet sanctuary for me and the musical place I feel most comfortable in.

When a score feeds my hunger for nostalgia it will quickly become one of my favorites. When I listen to “Synchronicity” and remember the countless hours spend in school and high school listening to Jean Michel Jarre or Vangelis I am grateful to Ben Lovett for taking me on this wonderful trip. He understands, only someone raised in that decade, with that music, could capture the sound so perfectly. I image how great it must be for him as well to be able to create something like this, music that can sit proudly next to those albums that marked his childhood.

I listened to this score and remembered. I listened to this score and dreamed. I listened to this score and imagined. I listened to this score and felt at peace drifting in my favorite place. I don’t need more from a composition. 2016 has an early star. Do not miss this ode to 80s Sci-fi.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 43 / 43

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

Project Log

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First Wormhole

Variables

Look What I Found

Absence Of Paradox

Second Wormhole

Fate 1

Reckless Abandon

Rotation Of The Earth

Proximity Effect

Fate 2

Wormhole Fever

Clues

Concurrent Reality

Impossible Dream

Fate 3

Time Travel

Infinite Number

 

 

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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