Gothika [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Gothika [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by John Ottman



John Ottman's score for the psycho-thriller Gothika sounds exactly how you'd expect it to sound: based in doomy strings and brass backed by creepy, rattling percussion, it's an often predictable but still effective collection of music. Most of the pieces, such as "Roadblock/First Contact," "I'm the Mirror/Not Alone," and "Recollections" follow a quietly eerie then loudly scary formula; even though Ottman uses these dynamic shifts a little too frequently throughout the score, they still manage to have an impact most of the time. "Final Escape" and "Revelation" work particularly well, building up to several peaks of tension and release in their relatively long running times. The tracks where Ottman doesn't try so hard to scare or impress are often the score's best, such as the pretty but brooding "Miranda's Theme" and "Remembering Rachael," both of which have a subtlety that the rest of the score could use more of. The rather clumsily named "I See Dead Kids," "Willow Creek," and "One of Us/The Shower" are creepier, but still restrained, and hint at the kind of score Gothika could have been if it weren't peppered with so many obvious jolts. Nevertheless, Ottman's score gets the job done and is entertaining enough outside of the film it supports, so some soundtrack fans may appreciate it for its own merits.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206652024
catalogNumber: 066520

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Ottman   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Richard Todd   French Horn
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Jodi Burnett   Celli
Darius Campo   Violin
Larry Corbett   Celli
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Roland Kato   Viola
Janet Lakatos   Viola
Charles Loper   Trombone
Edward Meares   Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Robin Olson   Violin
Simon Oswell   Viola
Katia Popov   Violin
Mark Robertson   Violin
Bart Samolis   Bass
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Julie Rogers   Violin
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Damon Intrabartolo   Conductor
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Celli
Leslie Reed   Oboe
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
David Mergen   Celli
Hollywood Studio Symphony   Performing Ensemble
Ira Glansbeek   Celli
Leane Beckenll   Oboe
Mario DeLon   Violin
Carter Dewberry   Celli
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Julie Long   Flute
Kristy Morrell   French Horn
Susan Wolff   Bass
Paula Pehrenbach   Celli
Lori Stuntz   Trombone
Tom Vos   Violin
Vickie Miskolzcy   Viola
Phillip O'Connor   Clarinet
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Michael Nowak   Viola
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin
Marc Sazer   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Louise di Tullio   Flute
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Bruce Dukov   Principal
Richard Todd   Principal
Richard Altenbach   Principal
Brian Dembow   Principal
Stephen Erdody   Principal
Charles Loper   Principal
Edward Meares   Principal
Robert Townson   Executive Producer
Tommy Johnson   Principal
Casey Stone   Engineer,Engineering
Gary Bovyer   Principal
Damon Intrabartolo   Orchestration
John Ottman   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Rose Corrigan   Principal
Leane Beckenll   Principal
Louise di Tullio   Principal

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