The soundtrack to Jodorowsky’s Dune – a documentary about the greatest film that never got made – is now available to order.
Jodorowsky’s Dune tells the tale of cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unsuccessful attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, Dune, to the big screen.
Jodorowsky’s version of Dune was to feature Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, and Mick Jagger in starring roles and music by psychedelic prog-rockers Pink Floyd.
For the documentary, composer Kurt Stenzel created a retro-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.”
Here’s a preview:
The 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,” notes Stenzel.
You can read more about the origin of this soundtrack in our interview, Kurt Stenzel & The Score To Jodorowsky’s Dune..
The soundtrack is available in several editions, including a limited edition version with a fold-out Dune poser.