Adaptation

Mechanized grooves of doom from Fatboy Slim's remix of the main theme lead you into the psychotically twisted landscapes of Adaptation, Carter Burwell's hallucinogenic score to director Spike Jonze's

Mechanized grooves of doom from Fatboy Slim's remix of the main theme lead you into the psychotically twisted landscapes of Adaptation, Carter Burwell's hallucinogenic score to director Spike Jonze's new film. Mixing orchestra, electronica effects, Balinese gamelan, rippling harps, and the morphing guitar distortion soundscapes of David Torn, the veteran composer continues to subvert the orchestral tenets of the Hollywood score. Reflecting the internal doubts and recurring nightmares of a screenwriter suffering writer's block, Burwell knowingly takes the clichéd ascending/descending cycle of Hollywood "dream sequences" and mutates it throughout the soundtrack, from the pastoral but haunting "The Writer and the Crazy White Man" to the horrific "Evasion and Escape." Burwell's delirious trip to psychosis is capped by the Turtles' "Happy Together," which has never sounded so sinister.—JD