Angelo Badalamenti (1937-2022)

Jasper

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Please, please just be some big misunderstanding.
 

Jasper

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I doubt that I’m up to the task, but it seems wrong not to at least try to write something fitting.


Angelo Badalamenti was a Great Man, and a beautiful soul, and he rightly enjoyed a long, and storied career. His life, by all measures, was a phenomenal success, and it should, and will be, celebrated for ages to come. By his work he has won virtual immortal fame, because, though the man is gone in body, he’s left us with a vital conduit to his very spirit, which is otherwise now returning to his true home in that grand White Lodge.

As everyone has been saying from day one, Angelo provided so much of the heart and soul of Twin Peaks, and richly contributed to multiple Lynch works, with his sweeping main theme to Blue Velvet even earning him the honor of composing the theme for the 1992 Summer Olympics. (They specifically asked for something in that mold.) It’s fantastic how appreciated his contributions have been in his lifetime, and how much love he’s received. Music is so important in film and television, especially in something like Twin Peaks, where it’s placed so much to the forefront, and provides such emotional, and even spiritual power. The Voice of Love is absolutely fundamental to what we experience at the end of FWWM. It’s not merely a score, but more like something that’s actually happening along with everything else there, in that place, with those characters.

To put it most succinctly, if Julee Cruise is the voice of love, then Angelo Badalamenti must surely be the very sound of love.

Bravo, Angelo!
 

David Locke

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Apr 12, 2022
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Damn, man. An immeasurable talent, such a loss. The music Angelo created for Twin Peaks and everything from BV to MD is probably my favorite body of work by any film composer. And that music is so central to the affect of the work that it’s hard to imagine Lynch’s films without Badalamenti. It just was such a match made in heaven. Can’t believe we’re mourning Julee and Angelo in the same year! Too tragic. But the music will always live.
 

Mb3

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Apr 12, 2022
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One of the greatest music composers in cinema and television. I'm glad that we got the Thought Gang album which is among my favorite music that Mr. Badalamenti released.
Thanks for the fantastic music.
 

eraserJoe

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Apr 12, 2022
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And that music is so central to the affect of the work that it’s hard to imagine Lynch’s films without Badalamenti. It just was such a match made in heaven.
I agree 100% Their collaborations are such stuff as dreams are made of.
I'm glad that we got the Thought Gang album which is among my favorite music that Mr. Badalamenti released.
A GREAT album! Extremely underrated. This album has sound and edge to spare for days.


Tonight me and my partner listened to a lot of selections from Badalamenti's work. Twin Peaks and other Lynch movies obviously, but special shout out to the soundtracks of "The Beach," "Holy Smoke," and "The City of Lost Children." I have a CD-R that I made (remember those?) from back in the day carefully curated from my CDs of Angelo Badalamenti tracks from various soundtracks.

He is a legend that will never be forgotten.

Tell Harry I didn't cry.
 
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AXX°N N.

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Now that I think about it, pretty much every Peak moment that truly blew me away had Angelo's score swelling to the surface. Episode 14, FWWM's ending, Coop meeting Laura in the woods (which was the moment I realized how truly brilliant Laura's theme is, after not being quite so touched by it prior), and a fitting coda to it and almost a soundtrack to this terrible loss, Dark Space Low. I could listen to any of those tracks right now and be in tears within a few seconds, and they transport me instantly back to the specific night I first experienced each heavy, heavy scene. He was the third pillar of Peaks.
 
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Dom

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Jul 10, 2022
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Damn! Gutted!

Angelo Badalamenti's work on Twin Peaks changed my understanding of how wonderfully music can work on television. His music has been a big part of my life, with three Twin Peaks albums (Music From, Season Two and Beyond and FWWM) being played endlessly. Now that he and Julee Cruise are both gone, I feel rather empty. I think Julee's vocals gave me a taste for a particular type of voice, which led to me clicking with Mylène Farmer's music (and videos) in the 1990s and Chromatics' in the 2010s.

Without Angelo playing Pied Piper, I would have found none of that. Hearing his music now will be a thing of sadness, knowing there will be no more. The one thing I can say about creative people like Angelo, though, is that the music remains. It will continue to be streamed, downloaded, listened to on CD and vinyl and even cassette, suites of his music will likely be performed live for decades to come. The man has moved to a new cosmic address, but a part of him is still with us that will continue to make us smile or make us melancholy.

Rest in peace and thank you Angelo. Thank you for all your music that I'll continue to listen to for the rest of my days. x
 

TimG

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Apr 12, 2022
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Deeply saddened by this. The FWWM score is even better than the show's: The Voice of Love gets me every time. The piece playing over the Part 18 credits feels even bleaker and final now. Between Angelo and Al and Julee all passing on this year, it almost feels wrong to continue Twin Peaks without them even if Angelo and Julee had far fewer contributions to The Return (did Angelo even compose anything for Inland Empire?).

At this point, if there had to be more Peaks, I'd say, do a 2 hour feature as a coda with Kyle and Sheryl. I'm not even sure if even that was really needed. With all those deaths, I'm starting to feel that Peaks is done for good this time.
 
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