For a fairly devoted sci-fi nerd, I know remarkably little about The Hunger Games. I know that there are some sort of games involved, and that these games have something to do with some type of hunger situation. I know blah blah something something the Capitol. I know that my smart friends like to point out that our society’s seemingly insatiable appetite for a movie portraying children murdering one another for the amusement of a fictional corrupt and decadent society is, from a certain somewhat reasonable perspective, not all that different from that fictional corrupt and decadent society’s thing for bloodsport. Whenever someone tells me something to that effect, I act like I haven’t already heard and read that exact same idea a couple dozen times already because I don’t want to take away from their moment.
And now, thanks to an article in Wired, I know that the film’s score—but not its T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack—contains bits of a nine-minute synthesizer piece recorded by an obscure pioneering electronic artist named Laurie Spiegel.