Cirque du Soleil, the world famous circus extravaganza, has given MP3.com an exclusive free MP3 from their brand new show IRIS. IRIS tells the story of the film industry with entertainment spectacles that portray famous moments or eras in the industry’s rich history. To score the production, Cirque du Soleil turned to one of the biggest names in film soundtracks, Danny Elfman, for who better to write a soundtrack for the history of film industry than a man who has played a large role in creating that very history?
Danny Elfman got his start in film soundtracks by doing the score for Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The film was a success and Elfman’s music captured it’s light-hearted feel perfectly. Through that project, Elfman and Burton became close friends and worked together on many of Burton’s subsequent projects like Beetlejuice, Batman, and Edward Scissorhands.
Elfman, however, is perhaps most widely known for writing the iconic theme song for The Simpsons. A talented and versatile composer, he has written music for a wide variety of productions, but IRIS is his first attempt at composing a score for a live theater event.