The Time Machine (Soundtrack) by Klaus Badelt



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The Time Machine (Soundtrack) by Klaus Badelt

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Originality 8
Music Selection 9
Composition 9
CD Length 9
Track Order 8
Performance 8
Final Score 9/10

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"The Time Machine is his first "major" Hollywood film, and Badelt rose to the challenge and delivered a score that seems quite "outside the box" compared to what one might expect coming from Media Ventures.

Brian Costa- reviews The Time Machine



Composed by Klaus Badelt
Conducted by Gavin Greenway and Rick Wentworth
Additional music by Geoff Zanelli
Executive Producer: Robert Townson
Performed by Katy Stephan (Featured vocalist)
Released by VaresŤ Sarabande Records - March 26, 2002

Remaking classic films of yesteryear is ever the rage in Hollywood.  Be a flat-out lack of original ideas or what have you, taking films, especially sci-fi/fantasy films and reproducing them into a 20th or 21st century version is happening with increasing frequency, but with decreasing success.  What director George Pal did in 1960 was take H.G. Wells' classic, 19th Century novel, which warned against over industrialization, and add his own social commentary regarding the horrific and inevitable outcome of nuclear war.  At the same time, George Pal produced a highly enjoyable, and now classic, sci-fi flick.

Some forty years later the great grandson of H.G. Wells, Simon Wells, takes up the mantle of storyteller to produce 2001's version of The Time Machine.  Despite having an apparent wealth of talent at nearly every production position of the film, this 80-mllion-dollar-movie was railed by critics and snubbed by moviegoers.  The art of storytelling once again is lost to the oooh-wow-predator of computer graphic effects.  As failed as one might call The Time Machine, it can't realistically be called "all bad."  Why?  Along with the actually eye-pleasing effects, Klaus Badelt's musical score stands out as a truly well-crafted and enjoyable facet of the film.

Certainly one of the best things about film music proves true with The Time Machine.  No matter how disappointing a film, as a whole, may end up, the musical score can prove to be a high quality, highly entertaining listening experience.  Badelt's The Time Machine may be the best example of this in our young millennium.  The Time Machine delivers all that the "traditional" film-music fan delights in:  memorable themes, big, bold orchestra performances, epic feel, romantic contrasts, and variety without sacrificing cohesion. 

The backbone of Klaus Badelt's score is its main theme, which is found, like any well-utilized, great title theme, throughout the entire score in various forms.  Badelt is able to use the theme to communicate the wonder of scientific discovery as in track 1, Professor Alexander Hartdegen Track 1, and the overall sense of adventure the film should have equally captured as in track 4, The Time Machine.  Still later we here the theme played softly, but with equal passion on flute in track 9, Good Night.  A testament to this score's musical quality is the same theme being employed to communicate a variety of different emotions and atmospheres.

Badelt also provides a wonderful contrast to the adventure element with a solid love theme first heard in track 3, Emma Track 3, and later reprised for some of the film's more emotional moments .  To widen the range of the score further, one of the most endearing elements of the score is the creation of an ethnic-laden-Adiemus-like musical personality.  To represent the Eloi, the more human-like of the two beings that are  to split from man's lineage 800,000 years in the future, Badelt composes pieces that, through his use of choral elements and percussion, produce an air of mystery and adventure all their own. The CD contains two prime samples: track 8, Eloi, but most enjoyably in track 10, Stone Language Track 10.  The earthy, if not primitive feel, of Badelt's work here will likely draw up memories of mentor, Han Zimmer's Gladiator and African-set work of the early Nineties.

The final third of the soundtrack takes a most dramatic and dark turn.  Adding another facet to this already rich score, Klaus Badelt projects the fear caused by the subterranean Morlocks and their Master through ominous choral accents, deep and methodical percussions juxtaposed against otherworldly, almost angelic vocals and strings.  This suspenseful trip in the final portion of the soundtrack helps round out a solid listening experience before leaving the listener with a wonderful concluding track, Godspeed (15) which restates the best moments of the score.

Varese Sarabande releases the most important pieces of music totaling over 57 minutes of music.  The liner notes are filled with several pages of color photos from the film.  The notes do lack any composer, director or producer notes regarding the music itself.  With such a diverse and entertaining score at hand, there would have to be some interesting thoughts from the composer or director that would have been enjoyable to read.  Nonetheless, its really about the music, and that is what is satisfactorily delivered.

Despite the unfortunately empty film Badelt's music was composed for, the score proves to be quite fulfilling as presented on this CD.  With a memorable title theme, equally enjoyable sub-themes, and a good measure of diversity, The Time Machine is one of early 2002's most enjoyable releases.  With a number of commercial efforts and collaborative works such as The Pledge under his belt, Klaus Badelt, another Zimmer prodigy, comes to the forefront with The Time Machine.  Klaus Badelt's work here is entertaining in its own way, yet doesn't completely divorce itself from a number of Media Venture's trademark sounds.  If The Time Machine be any indication of what lay ahead from composer Klaus Badelt, then film music fans should unite in hopeful celebration.

Track Listing and Ratings


Title Time


1 Professor Alexander HartdegenTrack 2 - Across the Stars 3:25  ****
2 Wish Me Luck 1:21  ****
3 EmmaTrack 3 - Emma 2:35  ****
4 The Time Machine 3:11  ****
5 Bleeker Street 2:25  ***
6 I Don't Belong Here 3:48  ****
7 Time Travel 4:36  ****
8 Eloi 2:10  ****
9 Good Night 4:03  ****
10 Stone LanguageTrack 10 - Stone Language 4:53  *****
11 Morlocks Attack 4:23  ****
12 Where the Ghosts Are 1:36  ***
13 The Master 7:15  ****
14 What If? 6:16  ****
  15 Godspeed 5:20  ****  

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The Time Machine (Soundtrack) by Klaus Badelt

*The Experience-O-Meter displays the track to track listening experience of this soundtrack based on the 5-Star rating given to each track.  It provides a visual depiction of the ebbs and flows of the CD's presentation of the soundtrack.


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