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Expressing the Inexpressible

by Douglas Romayne

Critics hail this bountiful film score compilation as “Highly Recommended” and “Addictive,” noting the haunting melodies, lush orchestration, rich textures & sophisticated writing by this Park City 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Film Music winner.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. Beautiful
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2. I Miss Her
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3. A Place So Pure
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4. Morning
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5. Angel
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6. Because I Can
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7. Free
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8. Accountant's Dream
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9. Something Unusual
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10. Storage
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11. Leaving Work
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12. Roger's Rocket
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13. Rocket In Flight
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14. A New Agenda
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15. Home Invasion
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16. Welcome, Dr. Wayland
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17. De-Termination
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18. Escape To Fiji
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19. First Winter Storm
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20. Daughters and Doubts
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21. Finding Shelter
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22. Six Percent Chance
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23. Photographic Memories
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24. Time Machine
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25. The Tree
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26. Morgana's Gift
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27. Baby Steps
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28. Without You
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29. Ann
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30. Sophie
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31. Best Laid Plans
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32. Tomatoes
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33. Clean Slate
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34. Unspoken
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Album Notes
“After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

Reviewer: Mike Beek, Music From The Movies
“Some of you may already know the name Douglas Romayne thanks to his work on Joss Whedon’s ultra-popular series’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. A former assistant to Buffy’s lead composer Christophe Beck and protégé of USC tutors Christopher Young and Elmer Bernstein, Romayne has released this delightful presentation of his music from eight award-winning films.\"

\"The album is a wonderful calling card for a composer who is well and truly on the way up.\"

\"Melodically Douglas Romayne shows immense talent and I can’t wait to hear more, the performances on real woodwinds and strings are wonderful here and only serve to whet my appetite for more orchestral music by him. \"

Reviewer: Michael Nicholson, Score Wars
Rating: 4 Stars
\"This is sincerely a great anthology of lovely, whimsical and playful music from a composer who writes in a reassuringly thematic prose and crafts lush melodies and emotion out of sound.\"

\"Beyond The Silence: Unspoken is a truly emotional piece that recalls the best work of composers such as Dario Marianelli.\"

\"The disc gives an idea of how versatile Romayne’s musical abilities are, from the lofty disconnection of Freedomland to the dark threat of Entity Nine, the jovial, bouncy Rocketboy to the fantastical fairy-tale-style ‘Suite for Beatrix’. The composer certainly seems very adaptable to many scoring situations.\"

Reviewer: Mark R. Hasan, KQEK
Review Rating: Excellent
\"It\'s hard to come out from under the shadow of a cult TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, but this compilation CD featuring selections from 8 scores by Douglas Romayne is both a superb promo for the composer\'s skillful writing, and an addictive album, particularly for film music fans wanting music with a rich, elegant orchestral sound.\"

Reviewer: Steven A. Kennedy, Film Score Monthly
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

\"This album is a fabulous demonstration of Romayne\'s ability to create melodic, large-sounding scores in many genres…This release is highly recommended.”

*Read CD reviews: http://blog.myspace.com/douglasromayne



Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Film Music, 2008 – PCFMF

5 Gold Medals for Musical Excellence – Park City Film Music Festival

Annie Award for Outstanding Music in an Animated Television Production

Best Use of Score Nomination – The Film & TV Music Academy


The music of composer Douglas Romayne is noted for haunting, magical melodies, lush orchestrations, rich textures and sophisticated writing.

Romayne’s credits include the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Duck Dodgers,” “Miracles” and “Day Break” and the films The Skulls III, H.H. Holmes, Rocketboy and Truth About Faces. He also contributes additional music and orchestration to films such as Big Fat Liar, Stealing Harvard and I-60: Episodes of the Road.

Romayne lives in Los Angeles and scores film, television and new media out of his project studio, Back Pocket. For more information, visit his official website: douglasromayne.com


I’ve been privileged early in my career to work with a number of talented, emerging filmmakers. Their films have afforded me the opportunity to work in a wide range of genres, styles and scoring techniques. The music on this album represents the results of these collaborations: from the elegiac Americana of FREEDOMLAND, to the magical and quirky fairy-tale character of ROCKETBOY, to the propulsive action and ominous threat of ENTITY: NINE, to the hushed, enveloping textures of SHELTER.

Ultimately, these varied approaches and styles serve story, be it the life-long lovers in SUNDAY PAPER, a mother and daughter struggling to move beyond tragedy in THE TRUTH ABOUT FACES, an ambitious businessman losing his family in ANTEBODY, or sisters who’ve made a devastating discovery in BEYOND THE SILENCE.

For me, film music works best when it is utilized to express the unseen, the unsaid, the inexpressible. This has been the fun challenge of these films, and if the filmmaker’s comments on my scores are any indication, there’s been some measure of success.

On my website can be found additional thoughts about each of the films presented here and the process the directors and I went through to create the score.




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M.S. Colin

An important emerging voice
Douglas Romayne's "Expressing the Inexpressable" is a terrific collection from a rapidly emerging new voice in film music. This CD should ensure that Douglas Romayne will soon be in very high demand.

Jeff Jewell

Romayne's rich scores satisfyingly complement the films he's worked on
The title of this CD is Expressing the Inexpressible, and that's exactly what Romayne has done. I have seen a handful of the films represented here, and I was reminded again that music goes beyond what pictures and words can do on their own. Romayne has filled in and completed the stories, complementing the action and providing an emotional context. Its hard to imagine the films working as well as they do without his music. Regarding the films I haven't seen, the evocative music conjured images and emotions that made for a satisfying stand-alone experience, but it also made me want to seek out those films. This disc is a must for any fan of film music, or for any director in need of a composer.

Adrian Fulle

A great mix of quality score
Douglas' musical voice is the throughline, but each track is unique and offers something special. A perfect mix of score for a single CD. If I was asked to create a mix CD for film score lovers, this would be it.

JC Schroder

Captivating and Powerful
Both captivating and powerful. Douglas is able to capture the emotion of a scene, a character, a story, seemingly without effort. What sets Douglas apart from others is not only his natural talent, but his love for music and ability to capture a moment, and make it timeless.

M. Robertson

A fantastic sampling...
...of what DRS is able to accomplish. The originality and technique that is embroiled in every track really shine through. Check it out!

A. Apostolakis

Wonderful listening experience!
It is great that through the process of filmmaking wonderful music can be written. These cues may come from movies but they stand out in their own right as great musical pieces. This CD is a pure enjoyment to listen to and I recommend it to everyone!

Mr Ian Davis

Top form
A good micture of styles and moods. If you find the opening cues a little too pensive, keep listening. Tracks 14-18 for example are pure grit sci-fi, and later cues are still more engaging. DRS's scores fit their films admirably but also work well on their own. There is a little of everything. One of the best composers around today to create depth and life out of sampled instruments - an art which surprisingly few writer excell. Looking forward to more projects and bigger films!