On November 13th, Light in the Attic Records is set to release the original Kurt Stenzel-composed soundtrack to Jodorowsky’s Dune. The much-lauded 2013 documentary, directed by Frank Pavich, chronicled “the story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel” by Frank Herbert.
As the story goes, Jodorowsky was able to nab Pink Floyd and Magma for the soundtrack — as well as the likes of Salvador Dalí and Orson Welles (!) for the cast — before production funds unfortunately ran out in the mid-’70s. “I wanted to make something sacred,” the director had once said, describing his ambitious dream for Dune. “A film that gives LSD hallucinations without LSD. To change the young minds of all the world.”
Jodorowsky’s unfinished script reportedly could’ve made for a 14-hour movie. One of the main points of Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune doc suggests that, despite never being released, the film adaptation “planted seeds” for later sci-fi classics like Alien and Star Wars.
An official statement from Light in the Attic further details the futuristic soundtrack:
“Building upon director Frank Pavich’s idea for a score with a ‘Tangerine Dream-type feel,’ Stenzel lays out a cosmic arsenal of analog synthesizers that would make any collector green at the gills: among other gems are a rare Moog Source, CZ-101s, and a Roland Juno 6, as well as unorthodox instruments like a toy Concertmate organ and a Nintendo DS. ‘I also played guitar and did vocals,’ says Stenzel, ‘some chanting … and some screaming, which comes naturally to me.’ The score also features narration by Jodorowsky himself. As Stenzel notes, ‘Jodo’s voice is actually the soundtrack’s main musical instrument — listening to him was almost like hypnosis, like going to the guru every night.’
This highly-anticipated soundtrack LP was sequenced and mixed by Stenzel with the listener in mind and flows through a ‘four-sides’ LP approach. ‘I wanted it to play like the records I grew up with, where every side was a journey.'”
Below, listen to “Parallel World” from the soundtrack. Pre-orders have begun.