Basil Poledouris - The Touch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The Touch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Basil Poledouris

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Basil Poledouris - The Touch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

BSX Digital Music presents the original soundtrack to THE TOUCH, featuring music composed and conducted by Basil Poledouris (CONAN THE BARBARIAN, LONESOME DOVE, THE BLUE LAGOON) for the 2002 martial arts adventure film directed by Peter Pau, starring Michelle Yeoh (TOMORROW NEVER DIES, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) along with Ben Chaplin (THE THIN RED LINE, STAGE BEAUTY, WORLD WITHOUT END) and Richard Roxburgh (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II, MOULIN ROUGE, SANCTUM).

THE TOUCH tells the story of a Chinese family of martial arts acrobats who are, in secret, the guardians of a holy treasure. Their ingrained acrobatic skills (their unique “touch”) allow only them to access the hidden relic. When a ruthless treasure hunter (Roxburgh) kidnaps a member of the family in order to procure the object, the rest of the family, including the eldest daughter’s American ex-boyfriend (Chaplin), pursues him in order to rescue their sibling and recover the treasure.

The film was co-produced by star Michelle Yeoh, who was eager to make a big English language film after starring in Ang Lee’s CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, which had been a huge success at the time. She also hired the filmmaking team, including selecting Peter Pau as the director after he had served as cinematographer on CROUCHING TIGER. The international success of CROUCHING TIGER was a key factor in prompting the mainland China government to support Yeoh in producing the country’s first English-language feature film.

Director Peter Pau was looking for a composer to write a large scale orchestral score for the film, along the lines of Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams. Editor Marshall Harvey was an acquaintance of composer Basil Poledouris and after showing him some footage from the climax of the film, the composer became interested in becoming part of the project.

While the director wanted a large symphonic musical score, he also asked the composer to incorporate some ethnic instruments – the er-hu (Chinese two-string violin), pipa (Chinese lute), and xiao (an end-blown Chinese flute) – in order for the score to evoke the fictional legends that lay at the heart of the story. While he was in Hong Kong, Poledouris also wrote and arranged an end title song, “The Touch,” which was recorded by Cantopop diva Kelly Chen (alternately credited as “Kelly Chan”) in Hong Kong’s Moon Studio.

The score for THE TOUCH was recorded in Beijing at Oasis Studios and performed by members of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Aside from the Chinese soloists, the score was designed for a standard Western symphonic orchestra, enhanced by layered percussion tracks, which were recorded ahead of time in L.A. and to be mixed in later with the orchestral recordings.

Basil Poledouris was born on August 21, 1945 in Kansas City. He started taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Eventually, he went on to become a student at USC, where he studied directing, cinematography, editing, sound and music. In over two decades of scoring motion pictures, he has proven himself a master of melody and emotional power, forging rewarding creative relationships with directors such as Paul Verhoeven, John Milius, Randal Kleiser, Simon Wincer and John Waters. Basil has composed music for films such as BIG WEDNESDAY, THE BLUE LAGOON, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, RED DAWN, ROBOCOP, FLESH AND BLOOD, QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, LES MISERABLES, STARSHIP TROOPERS and FOR LOVE OF THE GAME. For television, he composed music for the epic miniseries AMERIKA and LONESOME DOVE, for which he won an Emmy in 1989.

Released in the US by Miramax in 2002, THE TOUCH was far from the success that Yeoh and Pau had hoped for but all parties involved agreed that the score was a masterpiece. The music was issued twice on CD in Hong Kong and once on a 5.1 mix on DVD in China over a decade ago and all previous releases became immediately scarce.

Tracklisting

Download Album (BSXDG8922)
  1. Basil Poledouris - Legend of the Touch
  2. Basil Poledouris - The Monkey King Enthralls
  3. Basil Poledouris - The Loveable Thief
  4. Basil Poledouris - The Heart of Don Huang
  5. Basil Poledouris - In the Heart of the Night
  6. Basil Poledouris - Memories of Days Gone
  7. Basil Poledouris - Trouble Under Blue Skies
  8. Basil Poledouris - To the Rescue
  9. Basil Poledouris - "Who Will Know?"
  10. Basil Poledouris - Glimpses Down the Path
  11. Basil Poledouris - A Light Dimmed
  12. Basil Poledouris - Farewell King Soul
  13. Basil Poledouris - Healing of Hearts
  14. Basil Poledouris - Thru' the Forest
  15. Basil Poledouris - Secrets Revealed
  16. Basil Poledouris - "I'll Never Leave You"
  17. Basil Poledouris - Destiny Awaits
  18. Basil Poledouris - I Believe
  19. Basil Poledouris - Time to Choose
  20. Kelly Chen - The Touch

mp3 downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Legend of the Touch $0.99
2 The Monkey King Enthralls $0.99
3 The Loveable Thief $0.99
4 The Heart of Don Huang $0.99
5 In the Heart of the Night $0.99
6 Memories of Days Gone $0.99
7 Trouble Under Blue Skies $0.99
8 To the Rescue $0.99
9 "Who Will Know?" $0.99
10 Glimpses Down the Path $0.99
11 A Light Dimmed $0.99
12 Farewell King Soul $0.99
13 Healing of Hearts $0.99
14 Thru' the Forest $0.99
15 Secrets Revealed $0.99
16 "I'll Never Leave You" $0.99
17 Destiny Awaits N/A N/A
18 I Believe $0.99
19 Time to Choose $0.99
20 The Touch $0.99
Entire MP3 Download Album (20 tracks) $8.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

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Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Legend of the Touch $0.99
2 The Monkey King Enthralls $0.99
3 The Loveable Thief $0.99
4 The Heart of Don Huang $0.99
5 In the Heart of the Night $0.99
6 Memories of Days Gone $0.99
7 Trouble Under Blue Skies $0.99
8 To the Rescue $0.99
9 "Who Will Know?" $0.99
10 Glimpses Down the Path $0.99
11 A Light Dimmed $0.99
12 Farewell King Soul $0.99
13 Healing of Hearts $0.99
14 Thru' the Forest $0.99
15 Secrets Revealed $0.99
16 "I'll Never Leave You" $0.99
17 Destiny Awaits N/A N/A
18 I Believe $0.99
19 Time to Choose $0.99
20 The Touch $0.99
Entire WAV Download Album (20 tracks) $8.99