The Lord God Bird | Paul Cantelon
The 2005 discovery of an ivory-billed woodpecker – long thought extinct – in the Arkansas swampland is but the launching point for veteran documentarian George “Pumping Iron” Butler to examine not only the remarkable resilience of this rare species, but the very nature and threat of extinction itself.
As befits the Arkansas backdrop, composer Paul Cantelon draws heavily on Appalachian folk music to set a general tone, though as the film itself takes aim at more universal themes, so too does Cantlon’s music. The blend of violin and harp in the melancholic Jim’s Theme and Singer Tragedy is particularly appealing while tracks like “Rare Bird” and “Bird’s Eye View,” with their innovative string and woodwind instrumentation, successfully capture the nervousness, fragility and playful innocence of the avian world itself.
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