Innovative. That’s the first word that springs to mind as I listen to the score for Looper. Composer Nathan Johnson didn’t exactly go for the traditional approach – and I, for one, am delighted that he didn’t. According to one interview, his stated goal was to write music evocative of Looper’s futuristic, wormhole-riddled world; a world which is, quite literally, falling apart. In pursuit of that goal, Johnson and his team got creative with their instrumentation… like, really creative. They scavenged hardware stores for plastic tubing and sheets of metal. They captured the audio of slamming car doors and used it as a foundation for kettle drums.
Listening to previews on iTunes, it definitely sounds interesting. I’m going to be waiting to purchase until I’ve seen the film though.