John Debney's Stonehearst Asylum
Lakeshore Records will release the Stonehearst Asylum – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on October 14th and on CD November 11, 2014. The album features original music by John Debney (Sin City, The Passion Of The Christ).
“Brad Anderson is such a brilliant director and great collaborator. We spoke at length about the type of score that he wanted, which was a ‘rich, thematic and classic sounding score,’” said Debney. “The love theme had to be a bit sad yet utterly and unapologetically romantic and sweeping,” for example.
When young doctor Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, he is warmly welcomed by superintendent Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley) and a mesmerizing woman by the name of Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale). Edward is intrigued by Lamb's modern methods of treating the insane until a series of unusual events leads him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb's utopia and pushing Edward to the limits of his conscience. Inspired by a short story from Edgar Allan Poe, STONEHEARST ASYLUM is a tale in which nobody is who or what they appear to be.
“I guess I always fall in love with heroines, and my job was to represent in music, the love at first sight aspect of the story,” said Debney. “This was crucial because it puts into motion all the events in the film. The love is theme is in fact: Eliza's theme and is the theme we hear when Edward sees Eliza for the first time.”
“The other main theme was the theme for the psychopathic killer,” Debney continued. “Brad quite liked the dark and a bit quirky sound of the bass and contra bass Clarinet which was a dark hint at the dark soul of our killer. And yet, it is also darkly humorous. I loved that Brad wanted to express the dark and yet oft times absurd nature of events at the asylum. I thought this a keen and clever idea.”