JT’s Theme: Quand J’avais Un Enfant
If you combine the minimalism of composer Philip Glass with the electronica of French duo Air to create a film theme, the result might be Jonathan Townes’ haunting and cinematic “JT’s Theme.” Glass and Air are well known for their film work – Glass for his collaborations with Errol Morris on “Thin Blue Line” and the iconic “Fog of War,” among others, and Air for its collaborations with Sofia Coppola on “The Virgin Suicides” and “Marie Antoinette” – and that’s what Townes seems to be referencing here. There is a tension in “JT’s Theme,” created by the almost antagonistic interplay between the tight opening walk of the bass and plucked electronic strings and the dance of the piano floating above the rhythm at a comfortable distance. As the song builds, so does its reality, much like Morris’ films. There’s a sense of “this is really happening, and we are in it.” The only choice is to walk along with it, gathering audio accoutrements along the way, like the chimes that greet us two minutes in, or the classic hop-hop beat that offers to carry us along a minute later. “JT’s Theme” is a beautiful, cerebral composition, that for almost five minutes threatens – albeit in a welcome manner – to become our theme, or least the theme to the film in our minds. ~~~ Joe Pagetta (26 Oct 2012)
Mixed by Jonathan Townes at The Stove, Los Angeles. Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios, London. Photo by Horace Harris. Thanks to David Goodwin at The Stove and to Mandy Parnell and Chris Le Monde at Black Saloon Studios.