On Thursday, BuddyTV reported that NBC is poised to release the first original soundtrack of the hit superhero drama Heroes this month. However, it seems the network is really trying to keep the show alive while it is on hiatus, as a number of accompanying music videos are also being released.
Heroes executive producer/director Allan Arkush has created five music video montage podcasts that feature show footage from the set and select tracks from the album. The videos can be downloaded for free from the Zune Marketplace online store, or through streaming at MSN.
The videos will revolve around several themes that are relevant to each song. For instance, Nada Surf’s “Weightless,” which is now available for downloading or streaming, contains footage of the characters who can fly and who are experiencing the “weightlessness of real emotions.” The video for Bob Dylan’s “Man in the Long Black Coat,” meanwhile, will focus on one of Heroes‘ central villains, Sylar (Zachary Quinto).
While the music videos can only be acquired online for now, the album will be available in both CD and digital formats. Starting March 18, Heroes fans can purchase the CD at any Best Buy store, or at Zune and other digital service providers. The album is executive produced by Errol Kolosine in collaboration with show creator/executive producer Tim Kring and Arkush.
Music has been a big part the producers’ creative process, NBC Universal group vice-president Shelli Hill told the Hollywood Reporter.
“The producers of Heroes view music as something that helps inspire them and define the show, and Heroes fans are such avid fans that they are constantly looking for more,” Hill explained. “Plus, we wanted to give them something right now in the time frame while they are waiting for the next new episodes.”
Being big music fans, Arkush and Kring worked with Kolosine to get some of their favorite songs on the soundtrack. They also made sure the songs would fit with the show’s storylines, characters and tone, working especially closely with a handful of artists to create just the right tunes.
“We started talking about including music that inspired us — not just music that had been on the show but that really connected with the Heroes head space,” Arkush said.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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