rustling wind in the trees, music is another invisible element that
figures prominently in the Twin Peaks landscape. It's always in
the air, as the Man From Another Place says. Twin Peaks is a work
that's meant to be listened to as closely as it is watched. Angelo
Badalamenti's cascading score is full of mysterious echoes,
harmonic/melodic distortion, snappy rhythms and (of course) a swelling,
soap-opera-esque love themes.
Peaks title theme -- with lyrics, titled "Falling" -- can also be found on
the Julee Cruise album Floating
Into the Night, which Lynch and Badalamenti produced [in 1989].
Lynch wrote all the lyrics, while Badalamenti provided the music and
orchestrations. If Laura Palmer is both angel and devil (nobody's more
into the whole Madonna-whore dynamic than Lynch), then Cruise is the
musical embodiment of the angels. Her heavenly, ethereal voice can
also be heard on Badlamenti's soundtrack
to Lynch's Blue
Velvet ("Mysteries of Love"), and her tone hearkens
back to the "In Heaven Everything is Fine" refrain from Eraserhead.
shows up as the biker-bar-band vocalist at the Road House in the first
episode. [She returns in later installments of the series, and at the
beginning of the hellishly protracted Road
House sequence -- dressed in a pristine white dress -- in the 1992 feature prequel, Twin
Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Cruise's sweet, light voice is contrasted with
the churning, swirling, pounding music that accompanies the first stages
of Laura's descent
into hell with Rona Pulaski.]
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The jazzy, finger-snapping music that Audrey dances to on the Double R
jukebox is usually associated linked on the soundtrack with her and
Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook). Bobby sometimes uses a finger-popping
gesture -- as do both Audrey and the Man From Another Place, when they
dance. And Agent Cooper, upon awakening from his dream. And Leland
Palmer, just before he dances with his daughter's portrait to
"Pennsylvania 6-5000." A finger-snapping sound effect is also heard
occasionally, as when Mike opens his switchblade or when Cooper opens
his door to find Audrey's note. In Fire Walk With Me, the boy in
the mask (the one who looks so much like a miniature David Lynch) snaps
his fingers to create an acr between the dream-worlds of Laura and Agent
Cooper. These two first encounter each other in Laura's dream,
which takes place in the red-curtained room with the black-and-white
zig-zag floor where the Man From Another Place dwells.
What does it
all mean? Maybe nothing. But the patterns are there. Twin Peaks, as
the Man From Another Place says of his enigmatic, Laura Palmer-lookalike
cousin, "is full of secrets."
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