Here are the composer’s thoughts:
The Sandman is an incredibly eclectic story that spans everything from other-worldly magic to deep trauma and horror, but is always told with real human emotion.
The Sandmanhis range of genres allowed Buckley to embrace a large palette for the score, including full orchestra, choir, early musical instruments, such as the viola da gamba and baroque flutes, and some esoteric sounds. He combined historical classical music and instruments with modern electronic textures to bridge time in music. One of the most notable experiments is the theme of Dream, using bells to depict the character’s dominion over the sleeping world, reminding the viewer of a midnight clock. The bells are sometimes skewed or dissonant, mimicking the inconsistency and eclecticism of dreams. As an Endless, Dream’s theme is ubiquitous, and is used throughout episodes regardless of his presence on screen.
The highly emotional score changes from dark to beautiful theme episode to episode The Sandman: Season 1, while still remaining coherent and homogeneous. Buckley created sounds unique to each moment of the series, making the music feel alive and distinctive.
- Realm of dreams
- Meet Ethel Cripps
- The threshold of desire
- Jessamy’s Flight
- The houses of secrets and mysteries
- Dream’s Escape
- Johanna and Rachel
- The oldest game
- A kind word and a kind face
- God tells me to do it
- Every hundred years
- A real annulet
- Dreams shape the world
- The Throne Room of the King of Dreams
- Jed Walker, Guardian Of Sleepers
- Sleep well, John
- New dreams to stimulate men’s minds
- Even a nightmare can dream
- A remedy for poison
- The truth about humanity
- Into the Vortex
- Return to the white horse
- This is Fiddler’s Green
- Children of the Endless
- There is hope
- New dreams… A new time
- Fortune go with you
ABOUT “THE SANDMAN”
There is another world that awaits us all when we close our eyes and sleep – a place called the Dream, where the Sandman, the Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives form to all our deepest fears and fantasies. When Dream is unexpectedly captured and held captive for a century, his absence sets in motion a series of events that will change both the dream world and the waking world forever. To restore order, Dream must travel across different worlds and timelines to right the wrongs he’s made during his vast existence, visiting old friends and enemies, and encountering new entities – both cosmic and human – along the way.
Based on the beloved award-winning DC comic written by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman is a rich, character-driven blend of myth and dark fantasy woven together over the course of ten epic chapters following Dream’s many adventures. Developed and executive produced by Gaiman, showrunner Allan Heinberg and David S. Goyer, The Sandman also stars Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Vanesu Samunyai (formerly known as “Kyo Ra”). John Cameron Mitchell, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Sandra James-Young and Razane Jammal.
ABOUT DAVID Buckley
Emmy-nominated composer David Buckley is currently scoring Kandahar starring Gerard Butler. Recent film credits include Universal’s No starring Bob Odenkirk, Greenland also starring Butler, the remake of Papillon starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek, Jason Bourne directed by Paul Greengrass, and The nice guys for Shane Black and Joel Silver. Previous scores include the Joel Schumacher-directed thriller Blood CreekBen Affleck’s crime drama CityTaylor Hackford’s action feature Parker and Rob Minkoff’s fantasy adventure The Forbidden Kingdom.
For television, David composed the music for the hit Scott Free/CBS drama series The good wife and continues to score spin-off, now in its sixth season, The good fight (for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Title Music). He also composed the scores for Mercy Street (PBS), Brain death (CBS), The gifted (Marvel/FOX), The stranger (Netflix), Stay close (Netflix), and The Lincoln Advocate (Netflix). He is currently scoring in the third season of Evil (CBS).
Born in England, David’s first involvement with film music was as a cathedral choirboy performing on Peter Gabriel’s score for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. He continued his musical education at Cambridge University. In 2006, David moved to Los Angeles where he began collaborating with Harry Gregson-Williams on film music, i.a. Shrek the Third and Gone baby Gone. He has written music for films, e.g Dream ladyeveryone Fifty Shades Movies, Big eyes and American Hustleand his music was featured in David O’Russell’s Happiness. David was honored as a ‘Brit to Watch’ by BAFTA.
In addition to film and TV, David has written the music for a number of games, including Batman Arkham Knight (Warner Bros/Rocksteady).
ABOUT WATER TOWER MUSIC
WaterTower Music, the in-house label of Warner Bros. The Discovery companies release recorded music as rich and diverse as the companies themselves. It has been the soundtrack to many of the world’s most iconic films, TV series and games since 2001.
Sandmaenn: Season 1 soundtrack is available for purchase on CD and streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.