The synth-driven, futuristic soundtrack to 2013 American-French documentary film Jodorowsky’s Dune is finally here. The story of Dune is a cosmic story of epic proportions, where creative vision challenges the limits of reality. Also seemingly on that edge, sits this other-worldly and experimental soundtrack, composed by San Francisco resident composer Kurt Stenzel. The soundtrack is set to be released for the first time through Light In The Attic Records on November 13.
Directed by Frank Pavich, the documentary explores cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unsuccessful attempt to adapt and film Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel Dune in the mid-1970s. Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, Dune, was set to star Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger and Orson Welles, design by H. R. Giger, and to be scored by Pink Floyd. The project ultimately stalled for financial reasons. Listen below to one track from release of Kurt Stenzel’s original score to the documentary.
For the documentary, Kurt Stenzel helps creates his own retro-futuristic world, as fantastic as Jodorowsky’s vision using cosmic arsenal of analog synthesizers. These include a rare Moog Source, CA-101a, and a Roland Juno 6, as well as unorthodox instruments like a toy Concertmate organ and a Nintendo DS. All of these contributed to otherworldly, unique, Tangerine Dream-like effects.
The highly-anticipated soundtrack LP will be released in Double LP, CD and digital formats with liner notes by composer Stenzel. It was sequenced and mixed by Stenzel with the listener in mind and flows through a “four-sides” LP approach. “I wanted it to play like the records I grew up with, where every side was a journey.”