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Listen: Five Tracks from Alexandre Desplat’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Score

Listen: Five Tracks from Alexandre Desplat's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Score

The complete score for Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” by the prolific composer Alexandre Desplat, is now available online. This is something a little different for Desplat, melding pulse-pounding and Middle Eastern strings for the film’s fraught sequences, with a lighter staccato sound for the quieter moments.

We’ve compiled five of the best tracks below; particularly memorable are the Bernard Herrmann-esque “Seals Take Off,” and the buoyant, subtly moving “Maya on Plane.” The entire track list can be found here.

Three of Desplat’s film scores (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Argo” and “Rise of the Guardians”) were recently announced as eligible for the Best Original Score Oscar. And five of his films this year landed Golden Globe nominations. The others are “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Rust and Bone.” TOH! talks to Desplat here.

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