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Listen: Five Tracks from Alexandre Desplat's 'Zero Dark Thirty' Score

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 14, 2012 at 12:49PM

The complete score for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," by the prolific composer Alexandre Desplat, is now available online. This is something a little different for Desplat, melding pulse-pounding and Middle Eastern strings for the film's fraught sequences, with a lighter staccato sound for the quieter moments.
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Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"

The complete score for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," by the prolific composer Alexandre Desplat, is now available online. This is something a little different for Desplat, melding pulse-pounding and Middle Eastern strings for the film's fraught sequences, with a lighter staccato sound for the quieter moments.

We've compiled five of the best tracks below; particularly memorable are the Bernard Herrmann-esque "Seals Take Off," and the buoyant, subtly moving "Maya on Plane." The entire track list can be found here.

Three of Desplat's film scores ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo" and "Rise of the Guardians") were recently announced as eligible for the Best Original Score Oscar. And five of his films this year landed Golden Globe nominations. The others are “Moonrise Kingdom” and "Rust and Bone." TOH! talks to Desplat here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.