As one of my favorite films of the year thus far, Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines has been on the tip of my tongue for quite some months now. And one component of the film that struck me the hardest was the sound that penetrated throughout its chapters. Not simply scoring, rather, Mike Patton’s music for the film is vivid and daring, acting as an omnipresent force foreshadowing the grand tale that lies ahead from the very beginning. It’s a haunting and beautifuly cineamtic sound that only Patton’s mix of spook and sublime could have conjured up. In our interview with Cianfrance—coming on Wednesday—he told me:
I hate underscoring in movies, I have kind of an allergy to underscoring in movies, you know? I have an allergy to manipulations so that’s why I like using music in a bold way. In terms of this music and this film, when I was a teenager and I went to see a Mr. Bungle concert in Denver, Colarado and I saw Mike Patton singing. He had on a bondage mask with horse blinders on the side and he was licking the bald security guard’s head in the first row. And at that moment he became my hero and my whole life I always worshiped him. I always thought the music that he made, whether it was with Faith No More or Bungle or Fantomas, I always felt like it so cinematic. So it was childhood dream of mine to work with him….I wanted it to have this sense of legacy, this sense of yes something bigger.