Zero Dark Thirty Teases Samples Of Alexandre Desplat's Score

We all listen to different types of music to help get us pumped up for certain situations. But what on earth would you listen to if you were hunting the world’s most vile terrorist, Osama Bin Laden?

That was a challenge presented to four-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech, The Tree of Life) when he agreed to score Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s tense, riveting and award-worthy picture about our military’s manhunt for the top terrorist. What kind of music do you set to bone-chilling images of soldiers storming a pitch-dark bunker in the suburbs of Pakistan. You’ll be able to hear the entire score when the movie opens later this month, but today, we have a tease of the first track on Desplat’s score, titled “Flight to Compound.” Hear it below, courtesy of SoundCloud:

Desplat’s a master, but for different reasons from the likes of John Williams. He won’t write a score with a memorable hook, something you can whistle in a crowd of casual movie lovers and they immediately associate it with E.T. or Raiders of the Lost Ark. But he gives filmmakers moody beds on which they can construct their imagery. He’s of the school that raised the Hans Zimmers and James Newton Howards of the film world. Listen to both Desplat’s Zero Dark Thirty score and is Argo score. Two different beasts, but both mustering exactly what the movie needed to sell its emotion. Zero Dark Thirty is a riveting sit, and it’s made that much more exciting by Desplat’s work. Enjoy the tease, and support the movie when it opens near you later this year or early next year.

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