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The Importance of Music In Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks premiered in 1990 as a top rated series, and after only a couple of seasons, the American drama had been cancelled. David Lynch and Mark Frost were the men behind the uncanny series that would gain a cult following and later be revived and premiered on Showtime in May of 2017. Lynch and Frost would direct the show and several original cast members were brought back for the reboot. Angelo Badalamenti played a major role in composing the first soundtrack, and would also return for the much awaited reboot.

The original Twin Peaks soundtrack would live on to have an important influence in music. Lynch’s role in the scene has birthed a new field of artists interested with the look and feel of the show and music of Twin Peaks. David Lynch’s background in music goes back to the late seventies, and with Twin Peaks renewing on Showtime, some artists have already begun remixing some of the music, Jon Hopkins and Flying Lotus to name a couple. Both indie and pop groups alike have taken influence from the music of Twin Peaks over the years and creating great art in doing so, and an influence like that is something the new series can only hope to achieve.

With a new show comes new music. The revival of Twin Peaks comes with a fresh new intro as well as a new score and soundtrack to accompany the show. Come September of 2017, two new soundtracks will be released for the new series, including music from the original composer Angelo Badalamenti as well as the band Chromatics. The soundtracks, Twin Peaks (Music From the Limited Event Series) and Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack) will surely live a long life and will see a similar influence on music and pop culture for years to come.

The style of music typically found in Twin Peaks media is jazzy, moody, and instrumental, with a few songs having lyrics written by David Lynch himself, like The Nightingale, Into the Night, and Falling. Twin Peaks compositions have reached critical acclaim and have been called “the summit of TV soundtracks” and “a model of film music ideally matched to the images and actions it underscores.” The theme song also won a grammy in 1991, and like everything else the project has achieved, David Lynch looks to reach the same if not greater heights.

David Lynch certainly has experience placing artists for a grander vision, and you can see him put this experience to effect come his new festival, Festival of Disruption. Including amazing artists like Bon Iver and TV on the Radio, you can see fantastic music performances and talks with the artists as well as fellow Lynch and Twin Peaks collaborators Sheryl Lee and Dean Hurley. Also see past David Lynch films and rare shorts all during the festival on October 14th and 15th in Los Angeles, California. Not only will this be a great event, but net proceeds will go to benefit the David Lynch Foundation.