How “Twin Peaks” Soundtrack Happened

Here’s some history in advance of the “Twin Peaks” reboot, which begins this Sunday: ‘Some time in late 1988, the director David Lynch visited his friend and Blue Velvet collaborator, soundtrack composer Angelo Badalamenti at his New York studio. Would Badalamenti be interested in writing the music for a new TV series, Twin Peaks? “Sure,” said the composer, “what’s it about? Can I see a script?” “There is no script yet,” Lynch told him. “Just sit down at your keyboard and play. I’ll describe it to you.” Thus began one of the most singular episodes in the art of the soundtrack, a 20-minute ideas-session-cum-seance that crystallised Twin Peaks’ atmosphere of paranormal intrigue and birthed what Rolling Stone called “the most influential soundtrack in TV history”.’

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