Film And Television Music Composer Angelo Badalamenti Dies At 85

Posted December 12, 2022 by with 1 comment

Via Hollywood Reporter:

Angelo Badalamenti, the acclaimed David Lynch composer who went from teaching in junior high school in Brooklyn to creating haunting, ethereal music for the filmmaker’s Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive, has died. He was 85.

Badalamenti died Sunday of natural causes surrounded by family at his home in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, his niece Frances Badalamenti told The Hollywood Reporter.

[Hollywood Reporter]

More of the obituary at the link.

Badalamenti composed and collaborated with everyone from David Bowie and The Pet Shop Boys to Paul McCartney and LL Cool J, but he was of course most known for his Grammy-winning creation of the Twin Peaks theme, arguably the most recognizable and beautiful television theme song of all time:

In addition to the opening main theme, Badalamenti composed the score for the entire show, including the iconic “Laura’s Theme,” which he explains here:

And here’s how the theme was used in the most pivotal, series-altering scene from Twin Peaks: The Return in 2017:

There will obviously never be another Badalamenti. His infamous “Audrey’s Dance” from Twin Peaks:

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