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Hear Clint Mansell's BLACK SWAN Score For Free, And Legally, Now!!

Merrick here...

Empire has themselves a pretty nifty exclusive.  By going HERE, you can listen to the entirety of Clint Mansell's score to Darren Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN - all free and legal like.  Empire has graciously provided an embed of the same, which...with any luck...should appear for your consideration below.  

I'm always intrigued, and often impressed, by Mansell's work and I think it's pretty awesome that they're making his score available for the masses to hear in this way.  While I understand the practical and legal complexities of the matter, hopefully situations like this will clear the way to this kind of thing happening more often

Check it out.  

Mansell's BLACK SWAN score, which was recently and irrationally deemed ineligible for Oscar consideration (details HERE),  is also available via CD or MP3 download HERE and can be found on iTunes.  

 

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  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    last

    by ORIONgods

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Already bought it

    by dead youngling

    worth every penny!

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I have loved her since "The Professional"

    by Dark Doom

    Great ass, great actress

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Yes, movie is completely overrated.

    by MainMan2001

    Repulsion and Red Shoes. It's a combo. I really enjoyed the movie but I don't understand why everyone is saying it beyond amazing. The Social Network is the Years Best Film. Far and Away. Nothing else comes even close.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Love Mansell's scores

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    Even Sahara is great. The movies they're attached to? Eh, hit and miss. Black Swan was good, but it's definitely getting over-praised.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Natalie Portman is not award worthy, sorry guys!

    by brocknroll

    I don't see anything special about Natalie's performance in "Black Swan". I saw "Black Swan" last week, I loved it, the film told an incredible story, but I can think of a better actress to play Nina Sayers than Natalie Portman. Natalie was nothing special. I think Mila Kunis did a better acting job than Natalie, I wished Mila won at the Golden Globes, and not Natalie. Yes, the score to this movie is amazing so thanks for this.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Portman's age in the film

    by nametaken

    is the only thing that bothered me, felt they wanted me to believe she was 18 but she was clearly in her 30s.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Bittersweet

    by England's Finest

    Although I'm chuffed to bits that Clint is getting praise for his soundtrack work it's tainted by the fact that any more PWEI reunions look slimmer and slimmer.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Black Swan overrated...wtf?

    by Billy_D_Williams

    it's a masterpiece and most sane people are calling it great, Portman's performance is a revelation, aronofsky's direction is superb, who cares what the influences are...it's like calling Scorsese's work tripe because he borrows heavily from Euro masters... personally for me, it edges over social network a tad, which is also brilliant.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    @nametaken

    by kadayi

    I think you mistake uptightness for youthful innocence. They state early on in the film that she's been with the ballet for years, which would imply she's somewhere in her mid to late 20s. The implication was more that she'd been repressed by her domineering mother than anything else. @brocknroll Mila? A better choice? There is no evolution or transformation to her character at all. That's not to say she wasn't good in it (she was), but you can hardly say she stole the film the lead (who demonstrated a range of emotions). The most you could give her is a best supporting actress nod.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    LOVED LOVED LOVED BLACK SWAN

    by BringingSexyBack

    Though I think the talking pictures was overkill. Her transformation into the black swan was exhilarating. Great scene. Sure, it seems like Natalie just flailed her arms a lot but she did it well.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Black Swan was one messed up movie

    by allykatD

    I really enjoyed it and that type of movie isn't usually something I would normally see. Portman was amazing. It was like peeking into someone's personal life it was so well acted. I don't think the movie deserves a best picture oscar, but Portman definitely deserves best actress. She was amazing, and I have never been either a Portman fan or detractor, she was just an actress, but wow. She definitely nailed this part.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Calling Black Swan overrated and then praising Social Network?

    by MattmanReturns

    That's funny.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Flash player

    by Tikkanen

    Crap, no HTML5 compatibility. I wish apple and adobe would settle their pissing contest and get flash player for iPad/iPhone, and wish that more sites would make themselves html5 compatible.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    re: no nomination

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    It makes perfect sense. Most of the time film composers don't do their own orchestrations and yet you don't see an award for Best Orchestration of Original Material Written by Someone Else do you? I liked what Mansell did very much but it is not an original score.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Available on Spotify to stream for free.

    by zonkk_za

    Yup, for all you European viewers / listeners / readers out there, the Black Swan OST is on Spotify - as well as Alice in Wonderland, How To Train Your Dragon, True Grit, Toy Story 3 and most important, Tron Legacy.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Nina's Age

    by Bumb48

    She clearly says in the movie that she's 28.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Social Network--good acting, overrated movie.

    by dead youngling

    Fantasy of the mind (Swan) wins out over making money (Network) in my book anyday.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Please stop declaring Black Swan a masterpiece!

    by edgardevice

    It is not. It isn't even a great film. Portman, like the film, was uneven. I was laughing during her transformation. It was like the Spiderman 3 scenes with bad Spidey, except Darren though he was making a serious film.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    New Images of Marvel's 'Captain America' and 'Thor'

    by jack black

    http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/new-images-of-marvels-captain-america-and-thor/

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Great score, and on youtube ad-free

    by kafka07

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    ENOUGH with the Black Swan...

    by qweruiop

    ...I can't escape it, it's everywhere now. Anywhere on the internet, there always seems to be that same unsettling pic of Natalie in that white makeup. There's always a new interview (each day it seems) with another one of the movie's cast. There's always another reference to the success this movie is enjoying, or about her pregnancy, which leads to more talk about the movie. Enough is enough. This is pure overkill now. And it won't end anytime soon considering the gushes this movie will get at the Oscars.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    "Black Swan" Is A Rip-Off Of The Japanese Film "Perfect Blue"

    by Media Messiah

    "Black Swan" is a well done film, and is the best movie I have seen, of last year's crop--and it is even better than "The Social Network", another good film; and bests it, by far. Still, I recognized the film, as basically...a thinly veiled rip-off of the Japanese adult anime "Perfect Blue"--and you'll notice a tip of the hat to Perfect Blue with the focus on perfection, and being perfect--which run through-out the film, and are featured in the last lines delivered by Portman. Perfect Blue centered on a female popstar, becoming mentally unhinged, and seeing threatening dellusions, just like Black Swan's lead ballerina. She is even menaced by a woman, and seeing horrible visions of herself--again, just like Black Swan, but you have to see it to spot all the similarities between the two films, which are too close to be coincidence. The makers of Black Swan just recast the events of Perfect Blue's storyline, around a dance company, and a ballet dancer preparing to star in the big, latest production...for the dance company, a lavish new age retelling of Swan Lake. Add a domineering mother into the mix, for the lead character to rile against--and bam, you have Black Swan.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    SN is not over-rated..it is worthy of the hype.

    by FleshMachine

    if you dont agree that it was a brilliant film...well that says more about you. swan was really good...but not at all aronofskys best IMO. i think requiem and wrestler are better films.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    edgardevice

    by Billy_D_Williams

    some people hate the mona lisa...doesn't say much about the painting, more about their terrible taste.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I'M AMPED TO SEE BLUE VALENTINE

    by BringingSexyBack

    The buzz is off the charts on this one. Where are the AICN reviews, huh? Might catch it this week. Sounds like a blue collar (500) Days of Summer with the pain and torment turned up. I love Michelle Williams, but who doesn't? She's indescribably beautiful.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    WHAT HAPPENED TO TRUE GRIT

    by BringingSexyBack

    The movie failed to live up to the hype is what happened. It was a middling Western. Nothing more. Plenty of better movies to pour accolades on from the past year.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I WOULDN'T CALL BLACK SWAN A MASTERPIECE

    by BringingSexyBack

    But you gotta admit, it's masterpiece-like.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I HAVEN'T SEEN SOCIAL NETWORK YET

    by BringingSexyBack

    Just have zero interest. Did enjoy Pirahna recently though. Loved the carnage.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    billy_d_williams

    by edgardevice

    Hey, if billions of people loved the smell of shit, it wouldn't make me feel any better about smelling it.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    What happened to True Grit?

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    Like all Coen Bros. flicks it hasn't set the box office on fire but is generally loved by everyone. To those who say it's middling please explain why. I can see how people that loved the trash that was the 3:10 to Yuma remake, with all its explosions and gunfights and action, would hate it because that barely qualified as a western. I say True Grit is a true western in the old mold where character and setting is the most important. Is it the Coen's best movie ever? Is it one of the best westerns in the last 30 years? Without a doubt. Also, yes Black Swan is a damn spectacular film surpassed this year only by The Social Network.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    unreleased tracks...

    by CHUDfucker

    I'm very interested to hear the track that The Chemical Brothers created for the club scene when Nina and Lily take E together. any movement on this would be greatly appreciated.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    edgardevice

    by Billy_D_Williams

    "Hey, if billions of people loved the smell of shit, it wouldn't make me feel any better about smelling it." thats just it...it isn't shit. just because you think a great painting of movie is shit, it doesn't make you right, it just means you're not into the flick...if somebody said citizen kane, or there will be blood, or the godfather, or raiders of the lost ark were shit movies, they'd be wrong...it doesn't mean their opinion is wrong, but it doesn't negate the fact that those films (and other great movies like black swan) are well made, well told, well acted, well directed, well shot, great stories...people cannot use subjectivity to justify bad taste, because like it or not, cinema is an art form, and there is good art and bad art. for instance, you wouldn't call a child's scribbling in crayon a work of genius because you like the kid and have this "everything is subjective" moniker...it's a shitty child's drawing through and through...similarly, a van gogh painting is not some scribble shit, it's well made. a movie like Troll 2 is obviously a shitty film...using the same word to describe black swan is asinine nonsense and no one should take you seriously for using the same word to describe two completely different artistic expressions...one is obviously shit, badly made, badly acted trash, the other is exemplary in all aspects.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    The Social Network is better than Black Swan

    by ufoclub1977

    because The Social Network is a new combination, and uses the time old Godfather like machinations of conspiracy and warlike moves for the ridiculous contemporary notion of a digital social network that soon made some young guys into billionaires while pushing a technology so far into worldwide culture that your granny is using it. But Black Swan is an enjoyable but quite campy horror film that reminded me of a Dario Argento film - but with tasteful restraint. But there's nothing new, or nothing fresh, it's like a traditional tragic simple poem that uses cliche horror vocabulary. But quite entertaining. Also it's funny that no one seems to mention how close it is to Carrie in wielding the element of the fucked up mother, absent father, and the hellish psychological rot in the hidden confines of the home.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Oh billy d.

    by edgardevice

    You go from ad populum to a straw man. I actually liked Black Swan. It was entertaining, plus it had The Tree of Life trailer in front of it.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    ufoclub1977

    by Billy_D_Williams

    the social network is also derivative of the thousand other movies using the same themes of friendship and betrayal. its probably even more derivative than swan if you think about it. but obviously it doesn't matter...it tells the story uniquely through the eyes of fincher...same with black swan.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    lmao

    by Vermhat

    Yeah, that's pretty hilarious. The people that claim Black Swan or The Social Network is overrated, but then states that the other film is a "masterpiece" or some shit... lol Fact is, BOTH films are sickeningly overrated as i and many others here have expounded upon here. Both films (especially Black Swan) have been deconstructed to death, proving how simplistic, derivative, and shallow they actually are. However, between the 2, The Social Network is the objectively better film, no question. Although both Inception and True Grit are far better than either of these flicks...

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Both Black Swan and The Social Network THINK and ACT like...

    by Vermhat

    They are masterpieces, but they most definitely are not. What sets Inception and True Grit apart from those 2 is the lack of "arrogance" or "smugness" that pervades BS and TSN... True Grit and Inception are much more sincere, genuine, and humble films.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Clint Mansell is an overrated HACK.

    by Vermhat

    Dumbass simplistic same 3 notes/chords he uses over and over and over again... Simply nauseating.

  • Than Clint's BS score... Heh. Black Swan's initials are "BS" That's appropriate ;-)

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    "Irrationally" deemed ineligible????

    by Executor

    That's a moronic statement. It is very rational. The category is "Best Original Score." Clint's score is based on another work. That's like complaining that "The Social Network" won't be nominated for "Best Original Screenplay." No, it won't. Because it's an Adapted Screenplay. I think the Black Swan score is one of the best of the year, but them's the rules the Academy set up. Right or wrong, debate. Irrational? No.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Nat's age

    by LLcruize2

    To the comment that the movie tried to sell Portman's character as being 18. It is mentioned several times in the film that she is in her late 20's. The film/story highlights the fact that her mother treats her as if she is still in her late teens. Which in turn has stunted the emotional maturity of Portman's character. That all is very blatant and intended, but not to fool you into thinking Portman is much younger age wise, but emotionally. I agree with the assessment above that this was one of the most messed up films I saw this year. Do I think it is the best film of the year? No, but then again, all of this is subjective. Even when the Globes and Oscars are given out, those awards are only given based on people's opinions, not on absolutes. Films are not like a sports contest where the higher score is an absolute in deciding the winner. So all this back and forth of best, not best, is all moot. If it is the best in your opinion, that is all which matters. Subjectively speaking, I believe Portman by far, put in the guttiest, most revelatory performance of any actress this year. Will others agree, specifically those casting votes for the Oscar? We shall see. I hope so, she is my favorite.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    billy d williams...

    by ufoclub1977

    Yes "Social" does have the old elements of political conflict and macho fueled war, but it presents it in the new and real context of a virtual social arena. And that arena is relevant specifically... now. Black Swan on the other hand, is not as carefully crafted and much more derivative of horro movies like Carrie, Repulsion, and Argento stuff. It doesn't present anything new. Social does. Also Social is more finely crafted. Black Swan has a blunt b-movie horror vocabulary complete with music stingers, sfx sound stingers, mirror ghosts, and a progressive transformation. These are cliche! And cliche without being put into a totally new context (the Ballet might seem new to many, but I don't think a group of girls in training is new) and I think that there si a whole younger generation here that this b-horror movie genre seems fresh to! If anything, the worst part about Social Network is that Fincher sometimes cannot escape his stately air-conditioned, lifelessly deliberate and controlled stylings of framing and color. Sometimes his movies just don't breath or feel alive, and the content is not inspired enough to get by on that limited aesthetic (like it would with Kubrick, who's subject matter itself always held life just on it's own). But, the "Oh Father" video for Madonna is a favorite of mine from Fincher, I'll admit. This and "Fight Club" are examples where the subject has enough life to lift his style out of the dead space into an interesting and lively energy. In my opinion.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    "Inception" is not an arrogant film?

    by ufoclub1977

    lol... humble? I think just those blaring bass horns on the soundtrack disagree! I think they are saying "Oh witness the glory! Oh feel the glory. Pay no attention that you don't know what part of the story or character is actually glorious, but just understand that it is glorious, because I'm sounding my wall of horns!"

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    by Billy_D_Williams

    "Yes "Social" does have the old elements of political conflict and macho fueled war, but it presents it in the new and real context of a virtual social arena. And that arena is relevant specifically... now. Black Swan on the other hand, is not as carefully crafted and much more derivative of horro movies like Carrie, Repulsion, and Argento stuff. It doesn't present anything new. Social does. " so you're saying b/c social network is a more topical film and black swan isn't, that makes social network great, and black swan not? lol, that's the stupidest thing i have ever heard....in 30 years social network wont be topical, it will be old hat, and it will be incredibly derivative...i suppose that would make it crap. of course not. it will still be brilliant. time does not negate a film's merit. black swan uses many elements to tell it's story, just like almost every scorsese movie, that doesn't make it any less great. it's the way aronofsky tells the story that makes it brilliant as well as portman's performance...whatever, i dont know why im arguing with the minority...swan is being lauded with praise and awards, it's a brilliant film that most people are loving, and it will be aranofsky's first one hundred million dollar hit...sorry, your argument fails.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    ufoclub1977

    by Billy_D_Williams

    "Yes "Social" does have the old elements of political conflict and macho fueled war, but it presents it in the new and real context of a virtual social arena. And that arena is relevant specifically... now. Black Swan on the other hand, is not as carefully crafted and much more derivative of horro movies like Carrie, Repulsion, and Argento stuff. It doesn't present anything new. Social does. " so you're saying b/c social network is a more topical film and black swan isn't, that makes social network great, and black swan not? lol, that's the stupidest thing i have ever heard....in 30 years social network wont be topical, it will be old hat, and it will be incredibly derivative...i suppose that would make it crap. of course not. it will still be brilliant. time does not negate a film's merit. black swan uses many elements to tell it's story, just like almost every scorsese movie, that doesn't make it any less great. it's the way aronofsky tells the story that makes it brilliant as well as portman's performance...whatever, i dont know why im arguing with the minority...swan is being lauded with praise and awards, it's a brilliant film that most people are loving, and it will be aranofsky's first one hundred million dollar hit...sorry, your argument fails. Reply to Talkback

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    ufoclub1977

    by Billy_D_Williams

    further more, what if someone who's never seen an argento film, or red shoes or whatever sees black swan? should they change their opinion once they see those films? of course not. it doesn't matter because a movie should not be judged by it's influences...if it should, reservoir dogs would be considered shit because it's basically an unacknowledged scene for scene remake of city on fire. same with just about every scorsese movie...he steals constantly from other films and filmmakers..same for zemeckis and spielberg. this is where your argument starts to fall apart because it doesn't make any sense. every movie should be judged on one thing and one thing alone: what is this film trying to accomplish, and does it accomplish it? period. whether a movie presents a new technology or is topical is for water cooler conversation, not ammo for your opinion of how good the movie is. because in ten years, that stuff isn't relevant anymore.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    vermhats_wormhat is an idiotic troll

    by Billy_D_Williams

    "Dumbass simplistic same 3 notes/chords he uses over and over and over again... " i suppose the 2 note repeat used for the jaws score was also dumb and simplistic? idiot. it's not the number of notes, its how they're used.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    billy_d_williams

    by ufoclub1977

    The fact is that Black Swan uses a b-movie horror vocabulary to tell an old b-movie horror story is what makes it less of an achievement. Social Network mostly uses functional cinematic stylings but illustrates machinations of ambition in a more original way than Black Swan does, and in 30 years, I think it really will be remembered as superior to Black Swan. there's nothing brilliant in Black Swan! The most intense stuff in Black Swan - the psychology between the mother and daughter - is still old hat. Everything else is b-movie goodness. It's not like Requiem for a Dream! Even the opening dance with the devilish figure is much like a scene in Ridley Scott's Legend. The scene of the antagonists rowboat race made to look miniature in light of the monumental events set in motion by the protagonists in The Social Network trumps Black Swan. But don't misunderstand me, I enjoyed Black Swan and actually am more of a fan of Aronofsky (he is the creative superior), but Fincher lucked out and made a movie that really works. Unlike say, Panic Room which is boring.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    billy_d_williams also...

    by ufoclub1977

    this is the false statement you made: "it's the way aronofsky tells the story that makes it brilliant" this is precisely why the movie is a b-movie, because he uses every cheap cliche in the book to tell his story (standard horror shots, music stingers, characters, situations, reactions). And Portman also seemed a little bit one note on her performance, always quivering and weak, with accidental lashings out until the end. I and others who I viewed the film with wished she had added a few moments of serious glimpses of strength that are pushed forward because of her insane ambition and disfunction. But we all still loved Black Swan, especially how it simply ended (similar to The Wrestler) with her seeing her significant other in the audience, then settling into her fate... her ambition leads to her life sacrifice. That part is great, and interestingly enough is similar to the ending of the horrible movie by directed by fincher - Alien 3.

  • Jan. 22, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Perfect Blue

    by cgh123

    Regarding Media Messiah's post about Black Swan ripping off Perfect Blue, Darren Aronofsky bought the rights to Perfect Blue many years ago so he could use the "screaming in the bathtub" shot in Requiem for a Dream. It wouldn't suprise me, then, if Black Swan were Aronofsky's version of Perfect Blue. There is definitely an "influence"! Still, I loved Black Swan. Best movie-going experience I've had in a while!