When I was asked to do this soundtrack, the intention was to build it out of elements of existing tracks. Some of these Alan Parker had already chosen.
We worked for a couple of weeks with unorthodox explorations of some of the sounds, rhythms and themes of existing tracks. This provided many moods but I felt some new material was needed as well. So, what you have here, is a combination of both.
For those people who know my records, I have included (in brackets) the titles which have been obviously raided. I do not wish anyone to be deceived by the sleeve. However, I am not revealing all my sources. I leave that for your detection.
Three of these tracks did not make it to the last round -- the film. But the music on this record was chosen to make a compatible collection of moods.
I would like to thank the two Alans, Parker and Marshall, for guidance and encouragement. I would also like to thank my musical co-producer, Daniel Lanois, who, with patience and an endless supply of wonderful treatments, did some excellent work on this record.
I am very pleased to have done this soundtrack for my first attempt at a score. Birdy is a special film.