The limited edition DVD release of THIS IS NOWHERE includes a CD soundtrack with much of the original score to the movie. More music from the score is available for download below. Except where noted, these recordings are by Ned Mudd (Copyright Vezere Music/Cave Art Records, 2002. All Rights Reserved.) If you would like to use the music for anything other than your listening pleasure, contact High Plains Films for permission.
“The soundtrack, much of which was written and performed by the subversive Alabama artist Ned Mudd and his band specifically for the film, add to the feeling of surreality, of a world viewed through glass, passing at moderate speed, untouched and purposely unexplored.” Mountain Gazette
“Songs and stretches of music with intelligent spoken text. Somewhere between David Thomas, Mirror Man and Captain Beefheart - though that doesn’t do it justice. Seamlessly edited. Highly recommended.” ReR Megacorp
“The musical score conveys varying moods and tonalities, including dissonant sounds that impart a notable edge to the film. The score ranges from alternative country and blues to edgy, eerie, and jagged passages, marked by quasi-psychedelic reverb guitar, iconoclastic percussion, beats, and rhythms, occasionally fronted with Ned Mudd’s rough-voiced, rhapsodic lyrics. From the get-go the viewer is aware that something is off, something is not quite right. The seeming simplicity of this documentary—RV-camping in Wal-Mart parking lots—is deceiving, for this is an angled, twisted film. The music contributes mightily to this quirkiness, a telltale sign that you have entered a space akin to The Twilight Zone. The score of THIS IS NOWHERE delivers decidedly existential moments. Synchronized with windshield images of rapid nighttime highway travel, and with ethereal bluesy trumpet as background. Mudd’s rendition of the American Dream is reminiscent of Jim Morrison’s haunting intonation in the song, Roadhouse Blues: ‘Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel. The future’s uncertain and the end is always near.’” Journal of Cultural Geography
“Mudd’s incidental music is a unique combination of jazz, blues, techno and ambient guitar-based instrumentals. He employed several notable Birmingham musicians for his backing band, including acclaimed improvisational guitarist Davey Williams and Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge.” Birmingham Weekly
“The music combines avant-garde jazz with spoken word, and experimental rock and roll. The jazz is played by top-notch musicians. The words are written with just the right language, making it understandable yet humanly poetic, and the experimental rock and roll is wild and raw, yet confined and skillful. These are the qualities in music that make it speak.” Missoulian
“‘The trick is to remain invisible, and act like you know what you’re doing. Fact is, that’s the definition of the American Dream.’ So says Ned Mudd in one song from his THIS IS NOWHERE soundtrack music. Over Midwestern truckstop blues, Mudd croaks out lyrics with a vocal manner reminiscent of Frank Zappa, or Robbie Robertson on a lazy day. The blend of guitar and trumpet lends a sleepy aura to this observation of people unstuck in time.” www.flickhead.com
Originally released on the CD Soundtrack for THIS IS NOWHERE by Ned Mudd.
From the original score for THIS IS NOWHERE by Ned Mudd. Previously unreleased.