Relentless soundtrack for a relentless film

The soundtrack for Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn’t normally one of the first things people talk about when they talk about the film.

It should be.

Performed by director Tobe Hooper and his musical collaborator Wayne Bell, the unnerving tapestry of sound perfectly suits the film for which it was created to accompany: it’s strange origins as a collection of horrifying curiousities sonically reflects the house where Leatherface and his family live.  Like the film, it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s atonal and harsh, but the mix of natural sounds and droning electronic tones gives it all a strange dreamlike quality that reminds me of the best work of artists like Edgard Varèse and Throbbing Gristle.

If you haven’t already considered this soundtrack on its own, take a few minutes to do so.

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