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article imageBen Affleck says 'Argo' soundtrack puts 'you in that place'

By Tim O'Brien     Oct 14, 2012 in Entertainment
A great deal of buzz is being generated by the movie from Ben Affleck titled "Argo." Now, the soundtrack gets some needed attention.
WaterTower Music has released Argo: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at all its digital retailers. The original music was composed by four-time Academy-Award® nominee Alexandre Desplat.
Affleck, who directed the film, chimed in about Desplat, according to a release. “We needed to find a theme that we would use throughout - obviously different instrumentation and tempo, but still the same piece of music."
So, his logical choice was Desplat.
“Desplat was amazing at crafting an atypical score, incorporating uncommon instruments, many Middle Eastern in origin. It doesn’t feel too literal or cliché, but he created a sound that instantly puts you in that place,” said Affleck
Based on real events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played - information that was not declassified until many years after the event. On Nov. 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. In all, six Americans did slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. It was then when the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The plan was hatched to get the Americans safely out of the country.
Desplat received his most recent Oscar® nod for his score for the Best Picture winner “The King’s Speech,” for which he also won a BAFTA Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination.
Desplat more recently created the scores for “The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick; George Clooney’s “The Ides of March”; “Carnage,” for director Roman Polanski; Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”; and the two-film finale of the Harry Potter film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2.”
Oscar® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”) directs and stars in “Argo." Affleck directed the film from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape,” by Joshuah Bearman.
Besides Affleck, “Argo” also stars Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman.
The Argo - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on WaterTower Music can be previewed here.
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