Twin Peaks, the acclaimed horror mystery drama TV series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, widely considered to be one of the greatest television series of all time.
The show, despite initially struggling to gain any momentum among the major population upon its release in the ’90s, has gone on to earn a cult following around the globe and regarded as some of David Lynch’s greatest work.
While Lynch’s work was gaining significant commercial success in the States, his popularity in Asia began to snowball and he started to gain a major fan base in Japan. The soundtrack, created by composer Angelo Badalamenti alongside Lynch, remains among the greatest television soundtracks to this day and, given its brilliance, took on a whole new precedent in Japan.
“What must the thirty-five million people who tuned in to the pilot episode of Twin Peaks in April 1990 have thought when they first witnessed the show’s opening credits?” musician Claire Nina Norelli detailed in her book on Twin Peaks’ soundtrack. “This haunting music, coupled with images of rural terrain and industrialisation, must have belied audiences’ expectations.”
Like many people who became infatuated with Lynch’s work on the show, a group of Japanese filmmakers headed to the original Snoqualmie Valley filming locations from the time of the series and shot their own footage and began to sync it up to parts of the soundtrack.
Matt Humphrey, a Twin Peaks enthusiast who created the Twin Peaks Podcast, researched the work created by the Japanese film crew and discovered that the song ‘Laura Palmer’s Theme’ bears resemblance to the footage and “explores the train graveyard where they filmed the exteriors of Laura’s death location. Now, in the series, the interiors of the train were built on sets. In this video you can see the actual interior of the old trains. It’s pretty cool/gross.”
“From what I can tell, these Visual Soundtrack videos were taken in maybe 1992 by a Japanese film crew,” Humphrey continues before explaining that “you can see the townsfolk staring.”
Below, explore the selection of the Japanese visual soundtrack videos:
(Via: Open Culture)