Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 7:54 AM |
Hear Alex Oh's atmospheric OST theme for Faeryville
In Tzang Merwyn Tong's Faeryville, Lyon Sim stars - alongside Aaron Samuel Yong, Tanya Graham, Farid Assalam, Jade Griffin, Jae Leung and Kris Moller - as a youth making sense of his rebellion in our increasingly surreal world. First Audiences at the World Premiere in Los Angeles has called Faeryville "A Dystopian Fairytale", "A Mindbomb!" and "a Timely Critique on ideology and influence".
Alex Oh is one of Singapore's most prolific and versatile film composer. His philosophy to scoring is telling the story of the film through music. In his career, he has scored many award-winning features, ranging from comedy, family-oriented, action films like Taxi!Taxi!, My Dog Dou Dou, Imperfect, It's A Great Great World to darker films like Bait 3D, Rule Number One and The Maid . He was nominated for Best Original Music Score from Asian Television Awards in 2004 for TV Series, The Frontline.
Alex is one of the few composers in Singapore that uses a large orchestra for a filmscore. His score for Bait 3D is recorded on the Simon Leadley Scoring Stage at Trackdown with the Sydney Scoring Orchestra in Fox Studios, Australia. Bait 3D, distributed by Paramount Pictures, is released in 72 countries worldwide. In his work in Faeryville, Alex Oh's work is dark and broody. See review from Soundtrackgeek.com:
Review from Jørn Tillnes "It’s always exciting to discover something new. Although I am familiar with the composer’s work, it’s been a while and I’ve barely scratched the surface. While his “Bait 3D” score was a fun action-filled ride, Faeryville is different. It’s very dark and brooding, using long synth pads and cello. There’s hardly any percussion here, merely a subtle bass percussion line. It’s pure mood for the first few cues. There are also subtle hints of choir music. It’s buried in the mix, but it’s present particularly in the first cue. There’s no theme to talk about until a few guitar notes near the end of ‘Laer’. Not until ‘Fidei Defensor’ we get something different. Not so subtle choir and a strong electronic melody line with percussion. My favourite moment of the score though is ‘Mother Saint’ which sound almost uplifting. It’s “heavenly” sounding vocal is really good along with a lovely melody line. It is in fact so good I got goose bumps listening to it. I love surprises like that. There are still a few more surprises like the finale of ‘Take Over Or Be Taken Over’ and the guitar heavy ‘Baptism Of Fire’. There is also the massive 12 minute track ‘We Still Have A Soul’ near the end and this is where the action has been hidden. There are some excellent action bits in here, although short, but quite many of them. It’s a bit disjointed, but there are bits and pieces in here that’s pretty great."
Also featured in Faeryville, are music contributions from In Each Hand a Cutlass, ANECHOIS and The Great Spy Experiment.