Richard Kelly gives an update on Arcade Fire’s score for THE BOX

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
October 22nd, 2009


On his Twitter today, director Richard Kelly gave the Twitterverse an update on a potential release of the score for his new film THE BOX, composed by a few members from the Canadian indie rock outfit Arcade Fire. Here's what Kelly had to say by way of tweet:

"I want to clarify a few things about THE BOX score by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne and @OwenPallett. The band is hard at work recording the new Arcade Fire album. They will release the score at some point, when it does not conflict with their album release schedule for their record label. We all hope that their fans will discover the score the old-fashioned way: sitting in a dark movie theater on 11/6/09. Until then, you can hear a sample of the score at - more information forthcoming."

I do hope that this release comes sooner than later as I, like many, am a huge fan of Arcade Fire and look forward to hearing what is their first score for a film. Alas, for now it seems we fan of the Fire will have to look forward to hearing it, as Mr. Kelly said, the "old-fashioned way."

Which presents an interesting debate. When a film's score is available post-release, do you like to listen to it before seeing the film or after? Personally, I prefer to experience the music for the first time as it accompanies the film. For me, the experience of hearing that piece for the first time is heightened, as it is paired with the scene it is chosen to intensify. Unfortunately, I was not alive to be in a theater on May 25th, 1977 but I can only imagine what the feeling must have felt like to hear John Williams' "Main Title" boom as the words STAR WARS popped onto the silver screen for the first time.

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