As much as with any contemporary director, the music in David Lynch films has ever acted as a central and pivotal character. And an aesthetically striking new book, Beyond the Beyond: Music from the Films of David Lynch, viscerally details the role sound has played in shaping mood, creating tension and poignantly setting a scene throughout his directorial history.
A collaboration between the David Lynch Foundation and Hat & Beard Press, the book, featuring fascinating insights, interviews and sidebars, is smartly edited by J.C. Gabel and Jessica Hundley, with an introduction by Lynch biographer Kristine McKenna. It also acts as a companion piece to April 2015’s The Music of David Lynch concert at the Ace Hotel Los Angeles.
That performance, a benefit for the Foundation (which brings healing through Transcendental Meditation to PTSD-suffering adults and children the world over), featured such musical luminaries as Duran Duran, Moby, Karen O, Sky Ferreira, Zola Jesus and longtime Lynch composer-collaborator Angelo Badalamenti. A live CD is included with the book.
Lynch, a Renaissance Man if ever, will return to the Ace LA in October, curating his inaugural Festival of Disruption there.
Images courtesy of The David Lynch Foundation