Edmund Choi / Various Artists
Performed by the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
& The Australian Boys Choir
featuring Tina Arena.
I have to admit that I have a vested interested in The Dish.
I now work for the CSIRO's
Australia Telescope National Facility, the people who operate
the Parkes Radio Telescope. That was not the case when I first
saw the movie or bought the soundtrack. A month or so after enjoying
the picture, I bought the Edmund Choi's soundtrack to inspire
me as I applied for a dream position at the CSIRO.
Inspire me it did! When I watched the movie at the cinema I felt
Edmund Choi had borrowed a bit too freely from James Horner's
excellent Apollo 13 score. A closer listen to the CD revealed
elements that were reminscent of Horner, but many other parts
of the score stood on their own.
The first 12 tracks are "period" songs by a variety
of artists. Track 13 is an opera piece. I always skips to Track
14, where Edmun Choi's orchestra score begins, and that is the
subject of this review.
The Dish's score has a dreamy quality that still manages to convey
a sense of the importance of operations performed by the telescope
staff in support of the Apollo 11 moonlanding. The music builds
up, primarily with the use of strings, through the first 10 orchestral
tracks culminating with the voices of Australian Boys Choir and
Tina Arena as Apollo touches down. The sense of relief is audible
in "The Pictures Came from Parkes", followed by memories
as Cliff revisits the site. The finale music ends with a beautiful,
delicate harp motif and fades aways with trumpet and strings.
The music triggers wonderful memories of dreaming astronomy and
studying science at university. If there is any real fault with
this score, it is that it is over all too fast. And that is not
a criticism at all.