UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 11/20/2013.
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho was a film that was well ahead of it's time. Although it may be tame in comparison to modern horror films, the score by Bernard Herrmann is anything but so. It is inarguably one of most powerful scores in cinematic history. Herrmann masterfully captures the frenzied state of a psychopath commiting violent acts of murder. Both "The Bathroom" and "The Murder" are perfect examples of this, in which a "stabbing" technique with the violin is used in order to create a high-pitched shriek, which casts the listener into a frantic state of mind. Utilizing both violins and cellos to perfection, Herrmann slowly constructs an atmosphere of almost unbearable dread with ominous overtones during the buildup to such moments.
There have been several versions of this score released over the years. In 1975 Herrmann conducted the National Philharmonic Orchestra in a recreation of the score in it's entirety. However, this release would mark the first time that the music was made available from the actual soundtrack of the film. A transfer from the original master tapes, which were recorded on high quality analog equipment, was finally made available to the public after 36 long years of waiting.
1. Prelude; The City; Marion and Sam; Temptation
2. Flight; The Patrol Car; The Car Lot; The Package; The Rainstorm
3. Hotel Room; The Window; The Parlour; The Madhouse; The Peephole
4. The Bathroom; The Murder; The Body; The Office; The Curtain; The Water; The Car; The Swamp
5. The Search; The Shadow; Phone Booth; The Porch; The Stairs; The Knife
6. The Search; The First Floor; Cabin 10; Cabin 1
7. The Hill; The Bedroom; The Toys; The Cellar; Discovery; Finale
Download: Bernard Herrmann - Psycho: Original Film Score (decryption code in comments)
Download Size: 126.6MB