Published Nov 11, 2015The bummer news regarding the release of Jodorowsky's Dune is that it's not actually the unearthed soundtrack to Alejandro Jodorowsky's unrealized adaption of Frank Herbert's Dune; the good news is that composer Kurt Stenzel injects just enough idiosyncrasy and ambition into these 33 compositions to properly capture Jodorowsky's wild-eyed vision.
Created as the score for the 2013 documentary of the same name, director Frank Pavich asked Stenzel to give these pieces a sci-fi, Tangerine Dream-type feel. The results find Stenzel laying down texturally ambient synthesizer beds that seem to hang between spatial hums and bent-note melodies. The decision to bring in Jodorowsky himself to read off spoken word pieces, along with the choice to insert rock-based compositions near the end of the album helps break the soundtrack away from its perceived tedium, leaving Jodorowsky's Dune as a fine interpretation of the madness/genius that could have been. (Light In The Attic)