“Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.”
- Frank Herbert, Dune
The score we present to you today has a hallowed provenance. It was composed to accompany a documentary about a film that was never made. The film, an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune, was to be directed by renowned cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. It was set to star Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, and Orson Welles, with designs by H. R. Giger, and a score by Pink Floyd. In other words, it was going to be the coolest movie ever made.
Some say the film was never made because people were frightened of wild Jodorowsky’s imagination. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that we will never be able to watch this film to end all films. Little can make up for that fact, but Kurt Stenzel’s original score to the documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, allows us to at least begin to swim in the strange waters of what could have been.
In Jodo’s words, “Could be fantastic, no?”
For the documentary, composer Kurt Stenzel brings to life his own retro-futuristic world, as fantastic as Jodorowsky’s vision. With a cosmic arsenal of analog synthesizers Stenzel creates an otherworldly, Tangerine Dream-like sound. In somewhat of an emotional impossibility, this score feels both nostalgic and futuristic.
Check out one of our favorite tracks from the album, “Parallel World,” in the video below:
The documentary trailer:
- Jodorowsky’s Dune OST is now available for preorder as a double LP and/or CD.
- It will be available for immediate purchase November 13th.
- 1,000 preorder copies come with silver foil numbered jackets, Cosmic Swirl wax, and a poster.