Joesph Bishara's work has always been very unique and intriguing to me. Hearing his score for the first Insidious movie made me an instant fan largely because of his technique in delivering something different for audiences. His film scores are very unique indeed and probably not the type of music that you are going to sit down and relax to or play in the background while reading a book (unless it's a horror story). I usually like to take my film music to work with me and to play in the background while I'm working. I probably won't be taking this one! I would hate to see the effect it has on my co-workers! So what good is music like this outside of watching the movie? As I listen to it, I can imagine that a writer or artist (of the horror genre) would be inspired by this as they create something from their own imaginations. I listen to it mostly to appreciate the artistry and technique that went into creating it. I also like to use certain selections of Bishara's music when creating my "haunted front porch" every halloween. Fans of the Insidious movies will love this music because they can take with them probably one of biggest contributors of their horror experience...the music itself.
Hearing Bishara's music from the first Insidious movie made me want to investigate more of this composer's work. I have enjoyed his work from all of the Insidious films, as well as, "Dark Skies", "The Conjuring", and "11-11-11". There is no doubt that his expertise is with the horror genre and I am looking forward to hearing his up coming project, "The Vatican Tapes".
Bishara continues with his experimental soundscape and again impresses with "Insidious: Chapter 3". I have given this particular score the nickname "Boom Soundtrack" because of Bishara's very frequent use of surprise moments within the score. He has done it with his other work, but the frequency seems to be intensified here. When listening to this score, I would often turn the volume up really loud to hear the almost inaudible things that Bishara is doing in the background within the music. As I was listening intensely to what was going on in the quiet depths of underscoring, I was often blown back to the other side of the room with the surprise "booms" that would occur unexpectedly. There are a lot of moments like this within the score. I haven't seen the movie yet, but there is bound to be surprises a plenty throughout the story.
What makes Bishara's music so unique is the very unconventional style he uses to submerse the audience in fear. It's part ambient, electronic, and orchestral. He uses instrumentation that is very bizarre and quiet frightening to listen to. Weird sounding violins, random noises, and other things that can be quiet difficult to describe. The most memorable past composers of the horror genre developed a sound of their own and Bishara has definitely achieved one that distinctly belongs to him. He may have gained inspiration from ambient artist like Robert Rich but he has pushed further into a musical formula that cooks up the best results for subliminal fear. Track 17, "Facing Breathing", is a highlight track where Bishara seems to take anything that makes sound and throws it together to create chaotic horror. It's like dragging your nails across a chalkboard and watching everyone squirm. He also tampers with creating some very nice breathers for the audience like tracks 3 (Tell of Presence) and track 8 (Questions Left Behind). These begin to show a more melodic, sentimental, and almost relaxing side of Bishara's work. He doesn't stay there long however. Once you begin to relax with "Questions Left Behind" it slowly starts to drift into creepy land again. Bishara closes this score out with a chilling cue entitled, "Void Figure 7 Ch 3". I gave it a nickname too. I call it, "Violin lesson for the insane".
It will be interesting to see how Joesph Bishara develops as an artist in future projects. I am always interesting in listening to his work and I have always enjoyed appreciating his skills as an artist with this particular style of music. Fans of the Insidious movies will love to have this latest chapter of music from Bishara.
I waited several weeks to obtain the physical copy of the music. I'm not sure why it takes so long...but it was worth it because I wanted to add it to the rest of my Bishara collection. The CD comes packaged like many of Bishara's other releases. A tri-fold cardboard case that has a sleeve to hold the CD. The art work from the cover continues throughout the packaging and there is a song list and credits on the CD sleeve. The CD contains 22 tracks and the total running time for the album is 43 minutes.
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