Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Music on LOST

I mentioned in my recap yesterday that I absolutely love the music of LOST. It has always been something I love about the show, it often casts the perfect emotional ambiance and is so very distinct. Someone commented that they hadn't paid much attention to it, so I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite themes.

Lost's music is composed by Michael Giacchino who has worked with J.J. Abrams on numerous projects. Did we not all realize he was also doing Fringe's music in the first episode? You might have also picked up on his music in Star Trek. And he also just won a Grammy for best soundtrack for the Pixar film, UP. You can read more about him at Michael Giacchino music.

Anyway, something unique about instrumental music composed for television and film is the way it is so bound to the story. I love listening to it (I own the Lost soundtracks) and I love the way it brings the story back to mind. It often makes me teary or sets my heart soaring. In this way, in the way only music can do, it interprets and preserves story. It expresses what words and action cannot and never will be able to do. I think it deepens our experience and appreciation for story. So I am thankful that Lost has such gorgeous and emotional music.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite themes from the show, but it's actually quite difficult! I do think my favorite theme is the Oceanic 6 theme. I remember being so completely swept away by it the first time I heard it. I also, of course, love Penny and Desmond's theme, The Constant remains one of my favorite episodes of LOST. And finally, in tribute to one of my favorite characters who did indeed die, Juliet, her theme.

How about you? Do you love the music? Do you have a favorite theme?


  1. I totally didn't realize that it was the same composer who did the music for Up. That makes me want to go out and buy all the Lost soundtracks. The Up soundtrack reduced me to tears almost as soon as I heard it. I never really noticed how beautiful the music was until you started talking about it, but it really is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Which season's soundtrack do you think is the best? Which one do you recommend I buy?

  3. so it's not an instrumental theme but what about...

    You all, everybody
    You all, everybody!

  4. I hate to say it but I hadn't noticed much of the music in the show. I DID however notice the music during the premier, at the part where the Oceanic passengers were getting off the plane safely in LA - the music in that scene was hauntingly beautiful and sad.

    That said, I do know that a good musical score can bring back incredible memories of a film/show. Kiddo has the soundtrack to Star Wars IV (the very first movie); when I listen to it, I can imagine exactly what is going on at the point in the movie. And besides, the Star Wars score is incredibly beautiful.

    All that to say: I get what you're saying about LOST ... I just hadn't noticed it before. I'll be paying more attention from here on out though!

  5. I love the music as well, I have all the soundtracks! I don't know why they haven't released the season 5 soundtrack yet though!