New York, NY (November 13, 2007)–Searching for a soundtrack to their film, Descent, director Talia Lugacy and producer/star Rosario Dawson soon discovered that Alex Moulton, founder and composer/creative director at New York’s Expansion Team, was on the same creative page.
All involved knew that the soundtrack would have to be as visceral and discordant as the film is dark and disturbing. “We talked about the film, especially the final scene, and how it should feel,” said Lugacy. “It was never going to be a traditional film score, which is why Alex was so perfect for it. Alex had some great ideas about how he would go about it, and how it needed to needed to feel–the sound of crazed thinking and haunted minds. I give him so much credit because it’s not a scene you want to watch more than once and he went it into it with a great bravery.”
For Moulton, the key was to stay away from anything remotely traditional. To achieve an appropriate level of primal intensity, he combined an electric guitar, a cello bow and a wide variety of layered tracks and sound effects to create an ethereal yet jarring ambience.
“It kind of sounds like a string orchestra at points,” explains Moulton. “But it often sounds like metal scraping and undulating against itself. Talia and I began with several long conversations about what was going on inside this character’s head. In order to obtain the right headspace, I watched the movie’s most unsettling scenes over and over again. I loved every minute of it, but it also took me to some places I probably wouldn’t have chosen to go. For the film’s final scene I played about eight different guitar tracks and just rode the levels until they matched what was in my mind. It was very emotional.”
Descent is currently playing in select cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Portland and Chicago. It will be released on DVD in early 2008.