33 1/3: Angelo Badalamenti’s Soundtrack from Twin Peaks

Clare Nina Norelli


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  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • 2017
  • ISBN 9781501323010
  • 176 pages
  • Softcover
  • 16.5 × 12 × 1 cm

When Twin Peaks debuted on the ABC network on the night of April 8, 1990, thirty-five million viewers tuned in to some of the most unusual television of their lives. Centered on an eccentric, coffee-loving FBI agent’s investigation into the murder of a small town teen queen, Twin Peaks brought the aesthetic of arthouse cinema to a prime time television audience and became a cult sensation in the process.

Part of Twin Peaks‚ charm was its unforgettable soundtrack by Angelo Badalamenti, a longtime musical collaborator of film director and Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch. Badalamenti’s evocative music, with its haunting themes and jazzy moodscapes, served as a constant in a narrative that was often unhinged and went on to become one of the most popular and influential television soundtracks of all time. How did a unique collaborative process between a director and composer result in a perfectly postmodern soundtrack that ran the gamut of musical styles from jazz to dreamy pop to synthesizer doom and beyond? And how did Badalamenti’s musical cues work with Twin Peaks‚ visuals, constantly evolving and playing off viewers‘ expectations and associations? Under the guidance of Angelo Badalamenti’s beautifully dark sonic palette, Clare Nina Norelli delves deep into the world of Twin Peaks to answer all this and more.


“The Soundtrack from Twin Peaks book is thoroughly enjoyable. It is music I know backwards, but it gives me all kinds of new trajectories and connections … This is the strength of the [33 1/3] series.” –  Manchester Review of Books“Norelli clearly has an enormous love for the subject and is skilled in being able to identify how Lynch has used the music to heighten the emotional impact of his show. The book is as much for the film student as it is the music lover … [It] offers an excellent way to find one’s way back into the woods and enjoy a truly unique and evocative aural experience.” –  We Are Cult

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