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Dilation (Original Short Film Soundtrack) [Deluxe]

by Neil Bickford

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Collapse 00:42
Safehouse 01:16
Dilation 02:38
Interconnect 02:55
Threnody 01:50
Short Fugue 01:56
End 01:37
Credits 01:11


A night chase through LED-lit streets. A cassette tape on a safehouse table. A bowl of ramen, and memories of a long-ago past. At long last, the score for the original short film Dilation is now available online!

This deluxe edition includes the full short film soundtrack, which flows in three continuous mixes. It also includes discontinuous mixes of each of the cues, as well as unreleased special edition tracks (two prototypes and extended mixes never released before, and two separate mixes of Short Fugue).

Thank you to everyone who supported me through this composing process, including Nick Peters, Patrick Gardner, Grant Huang, and Chris Thai (whose instruments appear at different places in this soundtrack), Stephen Heo for the incredible (animated!) cover art, the editing team for their remarkable persistence, Michael, Sam, and everyone in the Film and Photography Society. This film involved an incredible effort from an incredible network of people that I cannot fully describe - it's astounding to be chosen to put music to everyone's work, from production to finance to performance, and I can only hope this soundtrack approaches the quality of their work.

Here are the complete credits for the short film Dilation.

Written and directed by Derek Nguyen
Matt Fling as Isaac
Robert Deer as King
Matt Finelli as Steven
Isabel Schnall as Iris
Laze as Serviceman
Topaz as Daughter
Jettzen Shea as Boy
Anisha Joshi - Producer
Rafael Perez - Producer
Triet Nguyen, M.D. - Executive Producer
Bruce Kasra - Associate Producer
GA Yoo - Associate Producer
Lyon Sung - Production Coordinator
David Benzeevi - Production Coordinator
Angel Herrera - Director of Photography
Baotran Truong - 1st Assistant Camera
Daniel Vallejo - 2nd Assistant Camera
Ava Corales - Grip/Gaffer
Lyndon Adolf Apostol - Grip/Gaffer
Rom Zarchi - Grip/Gaffer
Garrett McKenna - Drone Pilot
Stephen Heo - Editor
Fernando Vasquez - Assistant Editor
Catie Soo - Assistant Editor
Ryan Du - Assistant Editor
Sura Tewolde - Production Assistant
Tomas Chazarra - Production Assistant
Tiger Zhong - Production Assistant
Rohun Vora - Production Assistant, Best Boy
Susie Hunt - 1st Assistant Director
Alexander Croce - 2nd Assistant Director
Emily Abbot - Script Supervisor
Noah Schwartz Casey - Casting Director
Em Turner - Casting Associate
Nicole Oshima - Casting Associate
Samantha Wong - Casting Associate
Lisa Chen - Production Designer
Chrisly Macaraeg - Production Designer
Bianca Hoang Dang - Production Design Assistant
Holdyn Bray - Makeup Artist
Johnny Odabashyan - Storyboard Artist
Sheldon To - Sound Mixer
Noah Wittman - Sound Mixer
Haylee McDonnell - Boom Operator
Simone Frank - Boom Operator
Joshua Castillo - Behind the Scenes Director
Chloe Huybens - Behind the Scenes Camera
Katelyn Darrow - Behind the Scenes Camera
Diane Lee - Behind the Scenes Editor
Neil Bickford - Composer
Grant Huang - piano (tracks 6, 9-11, 17, 21, 22, 25)
Nick Peters - bass guitar (tracks 3, 14), bass bow (tracks 4, 5, 15, 16)
Patrick Gardner - shaker (tracks 2, 3, 13, 14)
Chris Thai - nylon-string guitar (track 11)
Sam Wolf - Special Thanks
Kim-Khoi Tan - Special Thanks
Sharon Tran - Special Thanks
Mailan Tran - Special Thanks
Quang and Martha To - Special Thanks
Candyce Tran - Special Thanks
Natalya Buchwald - Special Thanks


released February 16, 2020

All music by Neil Bickford

Animated album artwork by Stephen Heo: www.instagram.com/sp.heo/, stephenheo.com.

Thanks to the following friends for letting me borrow the following instruments to record:
Grant Huang - piano (tracks 6, 9-11, 17, 21, 22, 25)
Nick Peters - bass guitar (tracks 3, 14), bass bow (tracks 4, 5, 15, 16)
Patrick Gardner - shaker (tracks 2, 3, 13, 14)
Chris Thai - nylon-string guitar (track 11)


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Award-winning composer and audio engineer. Sometimes plays guitars for and remixes thegarages.bandcamp.com. Noted breakbeat enjoyer? he/him

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