When looking at the Sony Classics release “Moon,” most would see it as science fiction given the context, but composer Clint Mansell views it differently. “To me it was more of a character study than a science-fiction film,” Mansell says. “When I first read the script and started thinking up the music, I kept this in mind and really wanted to give the audience a sense of isolation and loneliness.”
Using a composition in which he mixes a variety of strings, guitar and techno effects with a piano leading the way, Mansell’s score allows the audience to see Sam Rockwell’s character as what he really is: human.
“For me I just felt that this beautiful story has something to do with the human connection,” he says. “I wanted the music to give off that basic feeling of what it is to be human, and that we could feel his growth through the music.”
With the moon evoking a sense of desolation in the film, Mansell also saw the need to have his music make the audience question what was real and what wasn’t.
Whether it was a single note on the piano being played repeatedly or a set of strings giving off one continuous tone, Mansell didn’t mind having moments where it feels like the track is on repeat.
“The score is repetitive throughout a lot of the film,” Mansell says. “The synthetic ambiance is able to create a sense of discord and an almost dreamlike state, which may cause the audience to question things just like Sam is questioning in the film.”