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Brick: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the 2005 film of the same name. It was released on March 21, 2006 by Lakeshore Records. The soundtrack features the original score for the film composed by Nathan Johnson, lead of The Cinematic Underground as well as music by The Velvet Underground, Bunny Berigan, Anton Karas and Kay Armen and a song from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Mikado recited by Nora Zehetner that was featured in the film.

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Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedMarch 21, 2006
LabelLakeshore Records


Scoring processEdit

This innovative score was composed by Nathan Johnson with additional support and music from The Cinematic Underground. The score harks back to the style, feel and overall texture of noir films. It features traditional instruments such as the piano, trumpet, and violin, but it also contains unique and invented instrument such as the wine-o-phone, metallophone, tack pianos, filing cabinets, and kitchen utensils, all recorded with one microphone on a battered PowerBook.

According to the audio commentary of the Brick DVD, the score was composed almost entirely over iChat, with Rian Johnson playing clips of the movie to Nathan Johnson, who would then score them.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Emily's Theme" – Nathan Johnson
  2. "Sister Ray" – The Velvet Underground
  3. "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze" – Nora Zehetner
  4. "Frankie and Johnny" – Bunny Berigan
  5. "I'm in the Middle of a Riddle" – Anton Karas, Kay Armen
  6. "Pale Blue Arrow" – Nathan Johnson
  7. "Locker 269" – Nathan Johnson
  8. "Kara's Theme (The Drama Vamp)" - China Kent
  9. "Laura's Theme" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  10. "The Pin in the Night" – Nathan Johnson, Chris Mears & China Kent
  11. "Pie House Rats" – Seth Kent
  12. "Emily's Theme 2 (The White Rabbit)" – Nathan Johnson
  13. "Emily's Theme 3 (Lunch is Difficult)" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  14. "The Dream and the Tunnel" – Nathan Johnson & Chris Mears
  15. "Emily's Theme 6 (Reprise)" – Nathan Johnson
  16. "A Show of Hands" – Nathan Johnson
  17. "Minneapolis" – Nathan Johnson
  18. "Front Page News" – Nathan Johnson
  19. "Knives in My Eyes" – Nathan Johnson
  20. "The Pin's Lair" – Nathan Johnson
  21. "Laura's Theme 5 (You Trust Me Now)" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  22. "Ultimate-Tims" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  23. "Turning In" – Nathan Johnson
  24. "The Pinivan" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  25. "Dode's Threat/South of T-Street" – Nathan Johnson, Chris Mears, Steve Cowley & China Kent
  26. "The Brick of Brock" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  27. "Four O'Clock (Part 1)" – Nathan Johnson & Chris Mears
  28. "The Field" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  29. "The Tunnel" – Nathan Johnson & Chris Mears
  30. "Tug's Tale (Part 2)" – Nathan Johnson & Chris Mears
  31. "Kabuki Confrontation" – Nathan Johnson, Chris Mears & China Kent
  32. "Showing Kara's Ace" – Nathan Johnson, Chris Mears & China Kent
  33. "Four O'Clock (Part 2)" – Nathan Johnson & Chris Mears
  34. "I'm Sorry Brendan" – Nathan Johnson
  35. "The Physical Proxy" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  36. "Pale Blue Arrow (Part 2)" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  37. "Building to War" – Nathan Johnson & Chris Mears
  38. "War" – Nathan Johnson & Chris Mears
  39. "Laura's Theme (Reprise)" – Nathan Johnson & China Kent
  40. "The Tale" – Nathan Johnson, China Kent, Chris Mears & Steve Cowley



Professional ratings
Review scores
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Jonathan Jarry from gave the score four stars saying, "This is a score that proudly stands on the fringe of what is called film music by most people. It will be hailed by its fans; it will be booed by the more conservative people among us. When all is said and done, however, how often are these polarizing scores composed and released? I say revel in Brick's insistent crave for originality before Hollywood hits us with yet another serving of reheated piano-and-strings crap."[2]


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