The soundtrack to the movie “Titane” is an interesting mix of genres that meshes well with the film’s futuristic setting.

While I’ve been enviously following the recent film festival lineups from afar, Titane, filmmaker Julia Ducournau’s newest picture, is the one I’ve most wanted to see of them all. Well, I may have to wait a little longer to watch the movie, but I have had the chance to listen to the music, and I have very strong feelings about it.

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Jim Williams created the Titane soundtrack, which is currently available for purchase and will be released on October 1st. The film is Williams and Ducournau’s second collaboration; the two previously collaborated on Ducournau’s feature film debut, Raw, in 2016.

Jim Williams had the following to say about the music for Titane:

“The Titane soundtrack is based on a brief theme for a scenario in which the protagonist leaves home under unusual circumstances… Originally composed in a current popular music style with a hint of John Barry, it was subsequently reworked with metal percussion and a male vocal choir in Neapolitan Minor for a vehicle scenario. As the movie progresses, the subject takes on a more emotional, deeper tone.”

And what a piece of music it is!! Since hearing the Titane concept, I’ve been looking forward to any sneak peak, no matter how tiny, inside the film. So when the opportunity to test the Titane soundtrack arose, I leapt at it.

Let me begin by stating that this may not be the kind of music you were anticipating for a picture like Titane, particularly given some of the trailers I’ve seen. At fact, the music in the beginning of the soundtrack is so dissimilar that I had to double-check that I was listening to the correct audio files. However, as I immersed myself in the music and went deeper, I discovered that this strange music (which begins with nearly all timpani drums) was gaining on me. The early part of the music has a harsh, almost mechanical feel to it, which makes sense considering the film’s concept.

As far as I can tell, Williams and Ducournau decided, at least in the beginning, to focus the music on the mechanical elements of the narrative. To be sure, there are human components in the mix, but they don’t show up until later, presumably as the narrative progresses (this is conjecture on my side since I haven’t seen the movie yet). But Williams’ choice to concentrate so much on percussion and drums intrigues me. You don’t frequently hear a soundtrack focused on that sort of sound combination; in fact, I can’t remember ever hearing anything exactly like that before. The early portion of the music, which is dominated by drums and some kind of gong, reminds me of a twisted, metal temple; or some type of metallic holy place. That may seem strange, but it’s the best description I can think of at the moment. To even begin to comprehend the song, you practically have to hear it yourself.

Even when the music moves away from being solely percussion-based (like in “Bathroom Pieta”), the percussive sounds never truly go away, remaining in the background. And I appreciate how the music produced in these latter songs (again, “Bathroom Pieta” and “Belly Oil”) remains twisted and distorted. Everything about this soundtrack will sound somewhat “wrong” to your ears, which I think is intentional (given the film’s subject matter). This music is not intended to make you feel at ease; I know it made me feel tense for the most part.

Last but not least, I enjoy how the latter songs appear to be building toward a church-like theme with what sounds like an organ (or at least a synthesized version of one). If the first half of Titane’s soundtrack takes place in a metallic temple, the second half takes place in a cathedral, although one that is just as twisted as the first.

Tracklist for the Titane Soundtrack

2.Fan in Car Kills 1.Gym to Car 3.Car Fuck [Introduced] 5.Justine Kill 4.Beach Puke 6.House on Fire 10.Belly Oil 7.Airport 8.Simulator 9.Bathroom Pieta Forest Fire No. 11 12.Sarabande 13.Bedroom Ending 14.Kiss Ending 15.Credits Ending 17.Apocalypse 16.Wayfaring Stranger 18.God and Medication

I strongly advise you to listen to Titane’s music as soon as possible. This is one of the most intriguing soundtracks I’ve heard this year, and it’s made me even more anxious to see the movie when I have the opportunity.

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A-W Soundtracks for Films

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