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On August 25th, 2014, Varèse Sarabande Records will release Bates Motel - Original Television Series Soundtrack digitally and on CD. The soundtrack features the original score composed by Chris Bacon (Source Code, Smash).

From the press release:

"In my early conversations with the show's producers about the score's direction, they made it clear that we are not trying to re-create or pay homage to the original PSYCHO, which was good news because that's one of the most iconic and recognizable scores of all time and my attempts to emulate would most likely come across as a cheap imitation," explained Bacon. "BATES MOTEL is not so much a horror show as a psychological drama with real elements of emotion, tension, humor, as well as some horrific events. The tightrope has been trying to play the real emotion between Norma and Norman while maintaining just enough discomfort to underplay the dysfunctional elements of their relationship."

Chris Bacon burst onto the film-scoring scene with his full throttled score for Duncan Jones's hit thriller SOURCE CODE. Bacon grew up in Utah, learning playing piano and saxophone before studying music composition in college. He moved to L.A. to attend USC's film scoring program, which resulted in his apprenticeship with James Newton Howard.

Having cut his teeth as a protégé-orchestrating, co-composing, and writing additional music-of James Newton Howard (on films like GNOMEO AND JULIET and KING KONG), Bacon made his solo debut with the score for ANGELS FALL and hasn't looked back. He gave animated accompaniments to SPACE CHIMPS and ALPHA AND OMEGA, and composed the dramatic score for the war documentary HIGH GROUND produced by Don Hahn. He also wrote the underscore for the second half of NBC's SMASH season one, which has earned him his first Emmy® Award Nomination. His recent work includes the score to John Putch's ATLAS SHRUGGED II: THE STRIKE, season 2 of SMASH, and Stephen Gyllenhaal's SWORN TO SILENCE.

"There are several musical themes that weave their way throughout the series," said Bacon. "Most prominent are probably the quasi-love theme between Norman and Norma, and a more mysterious theme that we first hear in connection with the house which evolved into the overall theme of the show and its psychology. In addition are thematic accompaniments for many of Norman's relationships, which include his brother Dylan, friend-zone girlfriend Emma, object-of-desire Bradley, and forbidden fruit Miss Watson."

I truly enjoyed the first season of Bates Motel. I'm fairly confident that I would enjoy the second season as well if my stupid TiVo hadn't up and decided to not record them. However, a binge watch once season two hits Netflix isn't a bad thing. With all that said, I'm one of those people who tracks down scores and soundtracks of TV shows and movies I like, so I'll be picking this up.


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