Friday, July 1, 2011

The Tangerine Connection?


This observation may not be of interest to many of you, but I'd like an opinion if you have one. As I've documented many times on this blog, I love the Spanish horror film In A Glass Cage. The extraordinary musical score, never released officially, is by Javier Navarette, who also scored Pan's Labyrinth, Mirrors, Inkheart, The Devil's Backbone, and close to fifty others.

Today I was listening to Tangerine Dream's third album Zeit ('72) in an airport lounge. I'd recently purchased an electronic copy from and have been catching up on various albums I used to have on scratchy LP's a long time ago.

I might be wrong about this, and I might be clutching at straws, but the first track on the Zeit, 'Birth of Liquid Plejades', sounds exactly like one of Glass Cage's most haunting cues. Coincidence? Who knows. Perhaps Navarette was inspired by some of the band's early music? Perhaps he borrowed the piece unconsciously? It's a brittle, haunting, drone-like track that becomes quite funereal. It's the first three to five minutes of the track that echoes -- actually, echoes is an understatement! -- Navarette's score... or, to put it more correctly, Navarette's score strongly echoes the Zeit cue (recorded fifteen years earlier).

On a related topic, a cue from Klaus Schulze's electronic score for the little-seen serial killer masterpiece, Angst (aka Fear, 83), reviewed here on this blog, can heard in Michael Mann's Manhunter.

 Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze

The track, Freeze, is a strange, melodious number that takes us into Lector's troubled but brilliant mind. It is played when Will Graham (William Petersen) visits Lector the second time to get his take on some information.

Mann, clearly an electronic music aficionado, has used the work of many electronic composers (European and American) in his work.

If anybody is familiar with In A Glass Cage and Zeit, I welcome your opinion on this strange coincidence (?). If you're not familiar, I recommend both as exemplary, mind-expanding experiences.

 Brian Cox as the first and scariest Lector.

Recommended Klaus Schulze albums:

Body Love 2
Big in Japan
Dig It


  1. Yeah, Brian Cox killed it in MANHUNTER, more menacing than Hopkins indeed. I can't help you with your query, but I will say that I'm very fond of T.D.'s score for THE KEEP.

  2. The TD 'Keep' score is a beauty. It's culled from a couple of TD albums. An official 'Keep' score was never released, altho there are boots of it.

    We're in agreement on Cox's contribution to the character.

  3. jervaise brooke hamsterJuly 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Its a shame that "Michael Girl" spoilt "The Keep" by hiring that disgusting British faggot Ian McKellan to appear in it. "Peter Jackson" was guilty of the same crime when he hired the same filth to ruin his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Dirty pansy queer bastards, they always ruin everything.

  4. jervaise brooke hamsterJuly 4, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Phantom, will you be reveiwing "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" on this site ?, it`d be great to hear your thoughts on that astounding last hour of the movie, its already been hailed as the greatest and most incredible 60 minutes in the history of cinema, i just wondered w-HEATHER you agreed.