Angelo Badalamenti, ‘Twin Peaks’ composer, lifeless at 85

Angelo Badalamenti, the composer and David Lynch collaborator finest identified for scoring “Twin Peaks,” “Wild at Heart” and “Blue Velvet,” has died. He was 85.

“The family of composer Angelo Badalamenti confirms that he passed away December 11 of natural causes surrounded by his family,” Laura Engel of Kraft-Engel Administration, his agent and expensive good friend since 2005, instructed The Occasions on Monday. “He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.”

Badalamenti and Lynch had been longtime collaborators, with the composer as soon as calling their relationship “my second-best marriage in the world.”

“Some of the happiest moments I’ve ever had have been working with Angelo,” Lynch instructed The Occasions’ Chris Willman in 1990 about his classically educated companion. “He’s got a big heart, and he allowed me to come into his world and get involved with music.

“When we started working together, instantly we had a kind of a rapport — me not knowing anything about music, but real interested in sound effects and mood. I realized a lot of things about sound effects and music working with Angelo, how close they are to one another.”

The 2 related when Isabella Rossellini wanted a vocal coach to assist her with a music for the 1986 film “Blue Velvet.” A producer instructed Badalamenti, who till then had labored on low profile motion pictures in addition to doing business and theater work. He stayed to co-write the music “Mysteries of Love” for Julee Cruise.

Badalamenti stayed on to compose all the orchestral rating for “Blue Velvet” and appeared within the film as a piano participant below the skilled identify Andy Badale. The musician mentioned he used the pseudonym early in his movie profession, till he noticed “the beautiful names Rossellini and De Laurentiis, and then I started to go by Angelo Badalamenti.”

“When we were talking about the main title theme, David said, ‘It’s gotta be like Shostakovich, be very Russian, but make it the most beautiful thing, but make it dark and a little bit scary,’” Badalamenti mentioned in 1990.

When his music was mixed with Lynch’s “Blue Velvet,” audiences bought to expertise a stunning melody atop a disturbing, summary underlay.

“That’s the darker side, I guess, of me,” Badalamenti mentioned. “I think the music that comes out of that is very beautiful. One of the things I just did for ‘Twin Peaks’ is 15 minutes long and called ‘The Lowest Circle in Hell.’ And it’s just very low, dark, sustained things that are so beautiful to me.

“Maybe a little strange to others, but it’s transcendent, to me,” he continued. “And I love putting those things as a bed against something maybe a little more palatable.”

The largely instrumental “Soundtrack to Twin Peaks,” which featured primarily Badalamenti’s compositions together with three songs sung by Cruise, peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 album charts and was licensed as a gold file with greater than a half-million copies offered.

The composer additionally received the 1991 Grammy for pop instrumental efficiency for his “Twin Peaks Theme,” beating Kenny G, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones and Stanley Jordan.

Different movies scored by Badalamenti embrace Lynch’s 2006 “Mulholland Drive,” Neil LaBute’s 2006 “The Wicker Man” starring Nicolas Cage, 1987’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” and the 2019 documentary “Koi,” in regards to the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.

Badalamenti was born March 22, 1937, in Brooklyn. He began piano classes when he was 8 and earned a bachelor’s diploma in 1958 and grasp’s in 1959 from the Manhattan Faculty of Music.