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August 8, 2022

Available Now: THE SANDMAN: Season 1 Featuring Music By David Buckley

WaterTower Music has announced the release of THE SANDMAN: Season 1 (Soundtrack From the Original Netflix Series) which features music by composer David Buckley (The Good Wife, The Gifted). This 27-track score is available now on all major digital platforms for digital purchase and streaming.

The World of THE SANDMAN: There is another world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep — a place called the Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will change both the dreaming and waking worlds forever. To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way.

The Sandman is the personification of the concept of dreams. We watch him as he goes about his duties as the ruler of dreams. Dream is just one of a family of seven anthropomorphic embodiments of natural forces called the Endless. The seven Endless are Dream, Death, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Delirium, and Destruction.

“THE SANDMAN is an incredibly eclectic story spanning everything from other-worldly magic to deep trauma and horror, but is always told with real human feelings,” says Buckley. The Sandman’s range of genres gave Buckley the opportunity to embrace a large palette for the score including full orchestra, choir, early music instruments, such as viola da gamba and baroque flutes, and some esoteric sounds. He combined historic classical music and instruments with modern electronic textures to bridge time within the music. One of the most notable experimentations is that of Dream’s theme, using bells to portray his character’s ruling of the sleeping world, reminding the viewer of a midnight chime. The bells are sometimes warped or dissonant, mimicking the inconsistency and eclecticism of dreams. As an Endless, Dream’s theme is ubiquitous, being used throughout episodes regardless of his on-screen presence.

The highly emotional score switches from dark to dainty themes episode to episode while still remaining cohesive and homogenous. Buckley created sounds unique to every moment of the series, making the music feel alive and distinctive.

Based on the beloved award-winning DC comic series written by Neil Gaiman, THE SANDMAN is a rich, character-driven blend of myth and dark fantasy woven together over the course of ten epic chapters following Dream’s many adventures. Developed and executive produced by Gaiman, showrunner Allan Heinberg, and David S. Goyer, THE SANDMAN also stars Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Vanesu Samunyai (formerly known as “Kyo Ra”), John Cameron Mitchell, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Sandra James-Young and Razane Jammal.

Emmy nominated composer David Buckley is currently scoring KANDAHAR starring Gerard Butler. Recent film scores include Universal’s NOBODY starring Bob Odenkirk, GREENLAND also starring Butler, the remake of PAPILLON starring Charlie Hunnam & Rami Malek, JASON BOURNE directed by Paul Greengrass and THE NICE GUYS for Shane Black and Joel Silver. Previous scores include the Joel Schumacher-directed thriller BLOOD CREEK, Ben Affleck’s crime drama THE TOWN, Taylor Hackford’s action feature Parker and Rob Minkoff’s fantasy adventure THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM. For television, David composed the music for the hit Scott Free/CBS drama series THE GOOD WIFE and continues to score the spin-off, now in its sixth season, THE GOOD FIGHT (for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Title Music). He is currently scoring the third season of EVIL (CBS).

The soundtrack album is now available from these links.

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