We shot the movie in Serbia, Montenegro, Romania and Prague. It stars Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, Maximillian Schell, a one-legged cat and one drunk camel. In theaters May 15th in New York and LA, and May 29th everywhere.
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The Fabulist. From The Brothers Bloom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Here’s the song for the end credits in Bloom.
Ladies, Gentlemen, Interbots, today we release for you the Original Motion Picture Score for The Brothers Bloom. You can get it here and it comes with a (SICK 18 PAGE!!!) digital booklet (created by Marke at The Made Shop).
It features behind-the-scenes photos from the score, 18 original score pieces including the Bloom Overture (Brothers In A One Hat Town), Penelope’s Theme, Cackle Bladder, and The Castle Heist. Also featured is a special version of The Fabulist which I wrote and performed for the end-credits.
Nathan’s Bloom Room; The Intercontinental Hotel. Belgrade, Serbia.
This was my little writing desk for the initial sketches of the Bloom score. I wrote The Diamond Dog’s theme here, as well as The Cock-Eyed Con, which is one of Stephen’s gregarious pieces.
Every morning I’d go down to the lobby to get in on the Intercontinental morning buffet. Then sometimes I’d work in my room, or sometimes I’d take my gear to the set.
Incidentally, I heard that shortly after we left, the Intercontinental became just the Continental, which is what must happen when your hotel falls below the quality standards of the mighty Intercontinental chain, but you don’t actually have enough money for a new name and corresponding signage.
The Brothers Bloom. Jersey Bar
Here’s an incidental piece of music that plays in the background while Stephen and Bloom are talking in the Jersey Bar. Oh, but it’s NOT incidental, is it?!
This didn’t make it onto the soundtrack album but It’s a nice little medley of two key themes: Bloom’s (“blur the lines”) mixes into Stephen’s (the vaudeville shows/cock-eyed con bit) as Stephen bulldozes Bloom’s protests onscreen.
I wanted to post this here because I’m thrilled to bits anytime I hear China Kent (I refuse to call her our “pianist”, but she is our piano player-extraordinaire, as well as the singer for the excellent band Alright Alright) let loose on one of my tunes. We recorded the Bloom score at the amazing Firehouse 12 studio, which has a lovely Steinway, but much to China’s disappointment, I rented a U-haul and lugged in the old clunky piano from my house. ‘Cause, you know… it sounded better (read: more interesting (read: more broken)).
Anyway, she was so mad at me for making her play a crappy piano (again! - see Brick) that I decided to give her a break and let her play the Steinway for this scene.
Scoring The Brothers Bloom with an instrument made out of tuned wineglasses played by Chris Mears
When I first posted this picture a year and a half ago, when I just started tumbling, I had to blur out the screen
Here’s an interview I did while I was on-set in Belgrade working on the score for The Brothers Bloom. It also has a link to a song by Helmut & The Boots, widely known to be the “Best worst band in Germany” (& pictured below), which didn’t actually make it into the final cut.