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The Descent (O.S.T.)
Released 1st May 2006 on Cooking Vinyl
May 1st sees the release of “The Descent" O.S.T. by acclaimed UK film score composer David Julyan. Taking close to £3m at box offices in the UK during a 9 week period in 2005, the film garnered critical acclaim from critics across the board, and has been hailed as one of the best British horror movies ever made. The DVD release of the film has gone on to sell 200,000 copies in the UK & Ireland.

The Descent, which was penned by Neil Marshall, tells the story of an all female caving expedition that goes terrifyingly wrong. It won Best Director and Best Technical Achievement awards at The British Independent Film Awards in 2005, and was also nominated at IFTA award (Irish Film and Television) that same year. It was nominated for The Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year at 26th Awards of the London Film Critics' Circle. It also won Best Horror Film at this year’s Empire Film Awards.

Featuring a 70 piece orchestra and 16 piece female choir, the score to The Descent is both dark and unnervingly atmospheric. The combination of tense synthesizer soundscapes and lush orchestration has become a trademark of Julyan’s scores.

Julyan got his first break into film scoring whilst at College in London, when he worked with acclaimed director Christopher Nolan. They made their first feature, Following, which shot in black and white on the streets of London. Julyan’s atmospheric score added impact to Nolan’s suspenseful story and the film was a prelude to the indie hit that was yet to come, Memento, where once again, Julyan’s combination of suspense and mood highlighted this noir thriller of murder told in reverse.

Other projects followed, including work for more intimate chamber ensembles in films like Spivs and Inside I'm Dancing, and full scale orchestral scores for films like Dungeons & Dragons II, and a further collaboration with Christopher Nolan on the detective thriller, Insomnia, staring Al Pacino and Robin Williams.

"Outright terror … Bold, brutal and brilliant. At last we have a British horror director to shout about. One look at this and Hollywood will be splintering the door." **** - Jamie Graham, Total Film

"Brutal, bloody, terrifying, astonishing... And so tense it'll leave you aching." ***** - Dan Jolin, Empire

"I am thrilled to report that I jumped, I gasped, I winced, I cringed and, for lengthy periods, I simply held my breath. On this evidence, director Neil Marshall’s star is very much in the ascendant." - Mark Kermode, The Observer

"The Descent delivers the stuff of nightmares and crowns Marshall as the new king of British horror." **** Allan Hunter, Daily Telegraph


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