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The Space Children / The Colossus Of New York (Nathan Van Cleave)

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  The Space Children / The Colossus Of New York - Nathan Van Cleave - soundtrack (CD)
 

Nathan Van Cleave

 
  Film Score Monthly FSM Vol. 14 No. 15 | Format CD | Year 1958 / 1958
 

AKA:
The Space Children:
I figli dello spazio (Italy)
Kinder des Weltraums (West Germany)

The Colossus of New York:
Der Koloss von New York (West Germany)
Il colosso di New York (Italy)

The two films on this FSM "double feature" arrived near the end of the first Golden Age of cinematic science fiction, launched in 1951 with The Thing From Another World and The Day the Earth Stood Still. By the time William Alland produced The Space Children and The Colossus of New York in 1958, box office was down and budgets where correspondingly smaller.

Creativity and imagination are priceless, however, and composer Van Cleave scored both of these films with the same affinity for the genre he had shown in The Conquest of Space (1955) and would demonstrate again in Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) and Project X (1968).

What The Space Children lacked in production values it compensated for with a thought-provoking storyline about children saving the world from the brink of nuclear annihilation at the behest of a benign alien being. Van Cleave's eerie but economical score (for an ensemble of 15 instruments, including electric violin and 3 organs—including a Novachord) evokes the alien's other-worldly presence throughout the film.

Loosely based on the legend of the Golem, The Colossus of New York starred Ross Martin as a brilliant scientist whose brain is encased in a Frankenstein-like mechanical body after his death, with tragic results for himself and his family. Van Cleave (who received invaluable assistance on the score from the late Fred Steiner) complimented the film's black-and-white photography with—almost literally—a "black-and-white" score for three keyboard players. Avoiding the emotional expressiveness of strings and other instruments for the more limited colors of piano (augmented by organ and celesta) led Van Cleave to create one of the most strikingly original science fiction scores ever written.

The relative obscurity of both films has kept these two fascinating scores largely under wraps—until now. With this release, fans can appreciate—for the first time—Van Cleave's scores for The Space Children and The Colossus of New York in their entirety. FSM has remastered the music for both movies from surviving 35mm three-track stereo music masters, supplemented by cues from the films' monaural music stems (with a light stereo ambience added to enhance listenability). The 20-page booklet includes an informative essay by Jeff Bond and numerous film stills in stunning black-and-white.


- FSM


  Track listing:

THE SPACE CHILDREN
 
01 Prelude 2:32
02 The Arrival (Humming Sound) 0:55
03 A Friendly Hand/The Thunderer (Launching Center) 1:00
04 The Brain's Descent Pt. 1/The Brain's Descent Pt. 2 1:13
05 No Swimming/Search for the Brain/The Brain/Strange Conduct/For Two Cents 3:46
06 Gamble Chases Tim/The Brain Protects Tim 3:27
07 Joe Is Dead 1:29
08 Get It Out/What Is It?/Hide It/Tonight 3:36
09 Dave Becomes Paralyzed 1:16
10 Truck Stops 1:20
11 Sentry Shack 0:56
12 Hank Views the Brain 1:43
13 The Brain's Message 1:21
14 The Unexpected 1:04
15 Doctor and Brain 1:27
16 Open Sesame/Zero Hour 1:28
17 The Barricade/Brain's Departure & Finale 3:58
 
 
THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK
 
18 Main Title/Machinery 1:36
19 Famous Man 0:30
20 Jeremy Is Killed 1:06
21 Dr. Spensser Operates 1:11
22 Family Chapel 1:12
23 Jeremy's Brain 1:31
24 Alpha Waves 1:17
25 The Colossus/Decision to Live 3:48
26 Don't Goad Me/Billy and the Giant 1:36
27 The Missing Billy 0:47
28 Moonlight Walk/The Forced Kiss/Out of the Shadows 3:46
29 The End of Henry/A Very Loud Crash 2:06
30 A Toy for Billy/U.N. Building 4:16
31 Colossus Falls 1:01
32 Finale 0:55
 
 
Bonus Tracks
 
33 Farewell Party 1:39
34 Idlewild 0:27
 
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