Bob McCully’s review published on Letterboxd:
So here it is. This is the live score I wrote for Inferno. Performed live in a movie theatre in Toronto last October but now with plague-life reducing us to strictly home viewing, I've assembled a revised/improved version so you can stream it at your own convenience.
First Off: Play As Loud As Humanly Possible - OR - HEADPHONES!
Actually, headphones would be my go to choice, anything to ensure the bass is overwhelming and all details can be heard 100%.
If you are playing it off your TV speakers, make sure to set them to MUSIC, not Movie/Night/Whatever Mode.
Heads up: It is a so-so quality video but for all of you scouring YouTube for obscure classics, this won't be that big of a drop, and I understand the desire to press play and throw on the bluray or whatever version you have - DON'T DO THAT - It actually doesn't sync up doing that, as my friend Ryan Dudnick (who basically did all the editing for this, thanks!) and I learned the hard way = Syncing Is A Nightmare. Milliseconds off begin to throw the whole train off the rails. It sucks.
Also, it should be pointed out - despite it being an English language film, there is not really any audible dialogue.
I didn't have an isolated dialogue track. Sorry. Please enjoy the cleaned up subtitles in English.
Now here's a bit of SPOILER-ALERT context:
It might be helpful to go into this knowing my intentions, as I've always loved Inferno but found the original score to be more distracting than supporting. I discovered last year while working on this what I felt to be the saddest revelation: the main character Mark is trying desperately to find his sister Rose, but in the second half of the film she is already dead and he has no idea. So he keeps searching and the film closes on him staring up at the burning building still with no answers. We as the audience will then realize that he'll never find her body, let alone find out what happened to her, and she is gone forever.
I could go into further detail about this but essentially I tried to bring a lot more emotion to that realization and to the film on a whole. There's a sadness to it and I'm hoping that quality resonates with you if you decide to check this out.
-Daniel Lopatin/Oneohtrix Point Never, who has been one of my biggest influences the past 5 years, but specifically his score for "Good Time". You will hear this immediately as I tried to emulate exactly how that film opens with the opening of Inferno.
-Goblin. Duh. Not so much the sound of Goblin though but the approach as Argento had them jam in real time to scenes from Suspiria, so I did the same.
-Bernard Herrman, specifically his score for Vertigo, as I had just seen it for the first time the summer I started working on this. There's a haunting quality to those melodies that is just fucking incredible and I hope I can bring that to anything I work on, it is so goddamn good.
-"Gqom" - a strain of South African dance music that I am totally obsessed with. It's very dark, foreboding, percussive, and aggressive. Notable artists: Emo Kid, Dominowe, DJ Lag, Griffit Vigo.
-Doom Metal/Death Metal. It rules.
& Plenty more but this is probably not that interesting. Instead, check out this Spotify playlist I made to show off some of the influences, whether thematically/texturally/whatever.
Lastly, here's the real sad part as I'd like to dedicate this to my dad, Norm McCully, who died this past summer. It's heart-breaking to me that I never got to show this to him. He wanted to come to the live performance last October but he had just been in the hospital that summer and was still a bit off, I didn't feel comfortable with the idea of him driving all the way to Toronto on his own late at night and then back again. Just seemed like a bad idea. So sadly he never got to see this and I think he would've dug it. Shame....
If you've read this far, Thank You! Now go on and check out Inferno!