Wednesday, September 9, 2009


A menacing, dark, skittering soundtrack to a menacing, dark, skittering film. Ken Russel's ode to sensory deprivation, hallucinogens, and madness blew minds upon its release, and remains a staple in the collections of many a stoner cinephile to this day. But how about that fucking soundtrack?!
Devoid of keyboards, electronic modulation, or any of the other trappings of traditional science fiction fare, John Corigliano's monumental score is a straight up conductor-and-orchestra epic, full of swelling, atonal crescendos and screeching violins. If you dug the Penderecki, Univers Zero, or Exorcist OST posts featured on Illogical Contraption in the past, for fuck's sake hurry up and download this thing already. Fuck.

Download HERE
Purchase HERE


In addition to being a thoroughly kick-ass mindfuck of a movie, Altered States also gave us .gif files such as the ones shown below to trip out on almost 30 years later. Bravo.

PS - Since everything is running about a day late here at I.C. HQ, Prog Blog Wednesdays will be pushed back to Thursday this week. Deal with it.


The Thing That Should Not Be said...

Not only are the movie AND the soudtrack completely awesome, but can I just say that this blog is ALSO completely awesome?

tentas said...

great soundtrack
great film

UFOclub1977 said...

Thanks for posting! I have it on vinyl, but no way listen to it right now. Until I found this!