Noah Baumbach's "White Noise" is a 2022 absurdist comedy-drama film, adapted from the 1985 novel with the same title by Don DeLillo. The movie stars Adam Driver as Jack Gladney, a professor of Hitler studies at The-College-on-the-Hill, husband to Babette, and father to four children/stepchildren. In this mind-boggling grandeur of a movie, Jack and his family grapple with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while trying to make sense of the universal mysteries of life.
The film's haunting and atmospheric soundtrack was created by renowned composer Danny Elfman. Elfman is best known for his work on Tim Burton films such as Batman, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands. For White Noise, he used a combination of electronic and orchestral elements to create a surreal and unsettling soundscape that perfectly complements the film's eerie themes. The soundtrack also features several well-known pop songs, such as "Rubberneckin'" by Elvis Presley, "Nightclubbing" by Grace Jones, "The Cloud Is Coming" by Dean Wareham, and "Lincoln Portrait" by Aaron Copland. These songs serve as a contrast to the film's tense moments and add a touch of dark humor.
Elfman's score for White Noise is a tour-de-force of suspense and fear, with moments of beautiful and melancholic music that help to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The orchestral arrangements and haunting electronic sounds work in tandem to create a truly unique and memorable soundtrack. The songs included are also expertly chosen and add another layer of tension and atmosphere to the film. With its tense suspense, ethereal sounds, and classic pop songs, the White Noise soundtrack is a must-listen for fans of drama and comedy.