Interesting music

The Backwards Score of Benjamin Button

After watching David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for the first time, there was something about Alexandre Desplat’s score that stayed with me.

I wasn’t sure exactly what this was until reading that the score contains musicalย palindromes: many of the themes can be played backwards, which mirrors the central story of a man ageing in reverse.

The composer explains more in this interview with NPR:

> The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at the IMDb
> Find out more about Alexandre Desplat at Wikipedia
> Buy Alexandre Desplat’s score from Amazon UK
> Photos of the scoring session from August 2008