August 5, 2014

The Music of The Missing Pieces


Probably the one thing I was most curious about before seeing the Missing Pieces was the use of music (of course). What would they choose to use? Since probably all of this material was cut at a very early stage, none of it had music. So the restoration on these scenes had to include finding and choosing music. I'm still not sure who was all involved in those choices, but most likely it was Lynch and Dean Hurley.

Watching the Missing Pieces for the first time I was struck by, and honestly a bit disappointed by, just how many scenes play without any music at all. Obviously, since I love the music of TP, it was a bit of a disappointment, but also because its in stark contrast to the rest of TP. The series, especially in the second season, was pretty much wallpapered with music. Even FWWM, when not featuring music, features an intricate sound design. The Pilot probably contains more scenes without music than anything else- until the Missing Pieces that as. 

Perhaps with these missing pieces it was a practical decision, as leaving them without music is of course easier. Or perhaps Lynch just thought they played better that way. To me, it makes a few of them seem a little unfinished, and I feel a few could have benefitted from added music. Especially the Sheriff station scenes.

Interestingly, even a few of the scenes that are extensions of scenes in the movie play without the track used in the film. For instance, the diner scene plays without "RR Swing". Perhaps Lynch wanted to emphasize Norma's lonliness. And the Bobby/Laura basement scene plays without "Moving Through Time".

Anyway, what they DID choose for the Missing Pieces, I was more than happy with. So here is a breakdown of what tracks appear:

Fire Walk With Me (Sax)
- Briefly at the beginning when the opening titles appear (slightly distorted)
- On the radio in the scene with Ed & Norma in the truck.
The Sax version (released from the Archive) was only heard very briefly in the finished film during the opening credits before switching to the original (trumpet) version.
It's use in the Norman & Ed scene is easily my favorite use of music in the Missing Pieces.

Don't Do Anything (I Wouldn't Do)
- Sam & Chet question Jack at Hap's (used here in the finished film as well)

Mysterioso #2
Chet fight Cable.

Twin Peaks (series track)
- Laura & Donna walk to school (used here in the finished film as well)

Love Theme Farewell (series track)
- The end of the Hayward scene, and Laura on the sidewalk
This track was actually a mixed track created for the season 2 soundtrack. It plays here complete with the wind sound effects.

The Pink Room
- Laura, Donna, & the guys enter the back room at Partyland (used in the Partyland sequence of the finished film as well)

Love Theme (Solo Rhodes) (series track)
- Leland hangs up the phone and looks at Teresa's picture in Fleshworld

Laura's Dark Boogie (Clean)
- Briefly when Teresa calls Leland back (used in the flashback sequence of the finished film as well)

South Sea Dreams (series track)
- Jacoby calls Laura

Dugpas (series track)
- Slow speed track heard as Laura sneaks out of her house and hides in the bushes from Leland
- Briefly heard again as Cooper's face in the Red Room fades into the curtains

Dance Of The Dream Man (series track)
- The Man From Another Place dances in front of Cooper in the Red Room.
Of course this track is also used in the series when the MFAP dances in the Red Room in Cooper's dream.

Dark Mood Woods (Studio Version) (series track)
- After the nurse takes Annie's ring she looks in the mirror
- Final sequence with Cooper in the Great Northern bathroom
Of course this track was also heard in the climatic scene from the final episode.


The Missing Pieces also feature some of the "sound design/effects" tracks created for the movie. And we hear the brief effects tracks Distant Train & Log Lady Presence as well. 

Distant Train
- Sarah smokes at the Dinner table alone after Laura leaves for Bobby's

Log Lady Presence
- The Log Lady in her cabin the night of the murder

Finally, the end credits feature the track Teresa's Autopsy (mixed with some additional sound effects)

In addition, the Missing Pieces feature two tracks that are new to the Twin Peaks world, and are not yet available anywhere:

Hotel Tango by Dean Hurley
- Played in the hotel lobby in the scene with Phillip Jeffries. 
Most likely a new track.

One Dog Bark by Thought Gang
- During the road trip to Partyland
Most likely from the unreleased Thought Gang album

Lastly, here is a new/alternate cover for FWWM (Sax) featuring the Ed & Norma scene for those who prefer it.


  1. I'am love you job Ross, and we must waiting for new tracks has been relased :(

    1. Thanks! Hopefully we will see the unreleased tracks someday!

  2. Lynch's episodes has always less music then the oder episodes (except lat one)

    1. Good point- especially the Pilot. His other eps tend to use the sound effect & slow speed tracks a bit more.