More than any
other contemporary director (by our estimation), Wes Anderson has the
ability (with the help of soundtrack supervisor Randall Poster and
score writer Mark Mothersbaugh) to construct the perfect soundtrack for
a film. These are the (contemporary) artists of The Royal
Tenenbaums (classical pieces have been excluded for obvious
"This movie was my third experience with the
composer Mark Mothersbaugh, and I have come to look forward to this
phase of the film-making process very much. Mark works in a large,
round, fluorescent green building on Sunset Boulevard which strongly
resembles a flying saucer, and he is surrounded by a highly complex
staff. Dan Ping manages the finances, and always seems to be just
returning from the desert (where he attends rituals of some kind) with
a radically new hairstyle. Bob Casale, one of Mark's Devo colleagues,
engineers the recording sessions with the confidence of someone who has
had beer bottles thrown at him onstage, and who has thrown them back.
There is also John, who resembles a young Bob Dylan; Albert who was
married (and divorced) twice to the same girl by age 27; Van, Stacy,
Michelle, plus Mark's restauranteur friend Friend, his friend/agent
Anita, and brother Bob, who is usually seen sitting on the curb outside
the studio smoking a cigar and reading the business section of the L.A.
Times. The operation is known as Mutato Muzika, which I think is
Esperanto, and it provides a very stimulating creative atmosphere. Our
music supervisor Randy Poster describes Mark's music as "charmed,
magical, and sort of innocent," and I think that also describes the
felling you get when you work with Mark in his studio. I hope you enjoy
(signed) Wes Anderson
"Police & Thieves" and "Rock the Casbah"
"Wigwam" and "Bily (Main Theme)" from Pat Garrett &
Billy the Kid
* note: These
artists are featured in other films of Wes Anderson. Mark Mothersbaugh
has written the original scores for all of Wes Anderson's films.
"String Quartet in F Major" (plays during player
Written by Maurice Ravel
by Ysaye Quartet
"Sonata For Cello &
Piano In F Minor"
Written by George Enescu
Written by Erik Satie
per Liuto E Mandolino"
Written by Antonin Vivaldi
Performed by Il Giardino Armonico
The Royal Tenenbaums