"The soundtrack is certainly spot-on for the period, beginning with its underscore by Nathaniel Levisay. He’s a composer who’s certainly listened to a lot of Tangerine Dream, circa their classics like “Risky Business” and “Miracle Mile.” He does an exceptional job of recreating the especially icy, pulsing groove.
But it’s one thing to emulate, and another to put new soul into it, something that Levisay’s work does get better at when it starts going beyond the retro synth gear approach for more emotional, guitar-topped cues that bring out the inter-connected character’s sense of ennui, along with a more traditionally string-driven approach that stands for the composer’s own voice.
It’s an overall muted, nicely introspective approach with a near religious sense of angst, its soulful pain coming across in shamanistic voices and church organ-like samples to go beyond the Edgar Froese mock-ups that at first limited it."
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By Daniel Schweiger • Film Music Magazine
"the melodies and rhythms of the music stand on their own very strongly, which makes for a great listening experience. If you liked what Cliff Martinez did for Drive, then don’t hesitate to jump in."
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Nathaniel Levisay is an American composer, producer & performer based in Los Angeles, California. He began his career conducting orchestral radio broadcast performances throughout the Midwestern United States, and performing with ensembles throughout Minneapolis & Saint Paul, Minnesota. He moved to Los Angeles in 1999 where he landed his first film scoring job for director / producer Maguy Cohen (Ghost In the Shell 2017, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) and recorded the score on the Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage. His work with Cohen led to working in the Warner Brothers Music Department assisting on animated feature and series' scores. During this time he was mentored by Tony Award-nominated composer, arranger & Hollywood orchestrator, Robert Elhai and by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Kamen. This successively led to work with Grammy Award-nominated cellist Tina Guo, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's principal cellist Andrew Shulman and with "the most listened-to oboe player in history [Jim Svejda KUSC-FM]" Tom Boyd & The Hollywood Soloists.
Nathaniel has composed music for feature films and media as well as being commissioned by Juliet McIver of LACMA & McIver Fine Art and artist Christine Remy to compose an original 30 minute score for an electronic LED installation, currently in Los Angeles. In the concert world, Nathaniel composed a Cello Concerto for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's principal cellist, Andrew Shulman.
Nathaniel Levisay's score for the indie thriller, DAWNING met with critical acclaim and was called by MovieScore Media's, Mikael Carlsson, “…one of the creepiest and most challenging scores in recent time." Score Revolution said, "Composer Nathaniel Levisay’s rich, layered score helps this well-received indie horror film punch way above its weight, with a great blend of live instruments and samples, showcasing perfectly judged changes in pace, as he switches up from the needle to the bludgeon, and finds space for multi-layered cacophony as well as for constraint."
Nathaniel's nominated score for THE TOY SOLDIERS was heard at AMC Theaters nationwide and is now available on CD through Howlin' Wolf Records.
Currently Nathaniel is producing WHAT IS REAL? THE VELVETEEN RABBIT a contemporary, multimedia offering comprising a suite of original music, performed by the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra to accompany Raylin Joy's lyric narration of Margery Williams classic story. Adorned by full-color, original photo-collages & paintings by Emmy-nominated, New York Times best-selling author & artist David Mack & eminent photographer, Allan Amato. This experience is presented beautifully by Howlin' Wolf Records on CD & Vinyl containing the full-color deluxe book.
"...paralyzing moments accompanied by developing strings that bully their way into explosive acoustics
and ultimately alarming musical crescendos. When we hear that music take to life, we understand that
every second to pass in Elizabeth’s life is a second anchored in danger. The entire effect lingers a lot longer than those fleeting jolts we’ve all become so accustomed to, no doubt about it!"
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