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Composer Angelo Badalamenti had worked with David Lynch on ” Twin Peaks ” and ” blue-velvet and introduced dream pop to the general public.

Angelo Badalamenti, the Grammy-winning composer who, writing the soundtrack to Twin Peaks and blue-velvetintroduced dream pop to the general public, has passed away. RollingStone confirmed the composer’s death with his manager, Kraft-Engel Management. He was 85 years old.

Angelo Badalamenti was a loving composer, husband, father and grandfatherhis family told RollingStone through Kraft-Engel Management. The family confirmed that he passed away on December 11, 2022 at the age of 85 peacefully of natural causes and was surrounded by his family. The latter appreciates her intimacy in these difficult times. »

The composer was widely recognized in the mid-1980s for his intriguing scores for David Lynch films, which relied on Bernard Herrmann’s shady string arrangements, complete with synths and expressionistic jazz bursts. His work on blue-velvet of Lynch led to a collaboration with the singer Julee Cruise, who died a few months ago, which set the tone for Lana Del Rey, Massive Attack and Au Revoir Simone, among others. Her theme for the TV series Twin Peaks by Lynch won him a Grammy, while his scores for Mulholland Drive, A true story and various sequels Twin Peaks earned him Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. Among his many scores are also National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, cabin fever, Dark Water and the theme of Inside the Actors Studio. He also composed the intro for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

Outside of composing for films, Badalamenti has written or co-written songs recorded by Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey and “Spanky” Wilson. In 1989 he and Lynch co-produced and co-wrote Cruise’s debut album, Floating Into the Nightwhich contained ” falling », a sung version of the theme of Twin Peaks. The track was a hit on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart and a Top 10 single in the UK. The three artists continue with The Voice of Love in 1993. The same year, he collaborated with the thrash metallers group Anthrax on “ Black Lodge a song inspired by Twin Peaks.

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Angelo Badalamenti also produced and co-wrote Marianne Faithfull’s entire 1995 album, At SecretLife, providing appropriate dramatic music for his recitations of poems by Dante and Shakespeare, as well as several original songs, including the single ” Bored by Dreams “. In 2018, Badalamenti and Lynch released their long-awaited debut album under the name Thought Gangwhich blended their jazzy aesthetic with spoken word.

The sounds coming out of Thought Gang were a cacophonyBadalamenti told RollingStone. It was an incredible and organized cacophony. The players were one, feeding on each other. »

Prior to his film career, Badalamenti (who was born in Brooklyn on March 22, 1937) had studied composition, horn and piano at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He taught music while regularly playing the piano at concerts. He entered Lynch’s orbit as Isabella Rossellini’s vocal coach on the set of Blue Velvet. Badalementi went on to compose the music for the film, as well as several other Lynch films, as their working relationship blossomed.

The writing of the theme Twin Peaks was almost as surreal as a scene from Lynch. “ David told me: “Start with disturbing music, like you’re in a dark wood, then move on to something beautiful to reflect the turmoil of a beautiful teenage girl”recalls Badalamenti. “Then once you get that, go back and do something that’s sad and go back to that sad, eerie darkness.” Maybe it was luck, but literally, in one take, I translated those words into music. »

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A few years ago, when Lynch and Badalamenti released their Thought Gang album, Lynch told RollingStone that he hoped the collaboration would continue. ” It was done a long time ago, and I would really like to do more work with itsaid Lynch. The one thing we did, I really liked it. […] I can’t say enough good things about Angelo Badalamenti. »

The composer, too, knew his collaboration with Lynch was special and appreciated how their legacy has lived on. “ Bands like Massive Attack, and people all over the world say to me, “Angelo, this is amazing”he told RollingStone. There is something in the identity of the sound, or the genre of music. I can be in a room, my wife turns on the television, I hear the background music and I’m like, “Oh, that’s something I did with a few notes changed”. … I think it’s flattering. »

Kory Grow

Translated by the editor

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