Bates Motel


Bates Motel Soundtrack

Music by Chris Bacon


Varese Sarabande – 2014

The music from the A&E Original Series is mystery based and kind of a soft off shoot from the music Bernard Herrmann composed for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho.

Supposedly Bates Motel acts as a prequel to the film , telling the story of Norman Bates through his teenage years.  I’ve heard you learn of the relationship Normal had with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga) and how she help turn him into the most famous serial killer of them all.

Having never watched he TV series, it was fun exploring what this show had to offer musically.  There’s a lot of build up of suspense and tension, which is something I value in films & TV.

If there were something I’d compare the sound and tone of the music, it would be John Ottman.  It’s got that classical film scoring approach with an emphasis on melody.

There’s a dreamy quality to the work that makes me wonder what happens in the show during these moments.

This is a soundtrack I’d definitely recommend.  It’s classy, suspenseful and full of melodic passages, which makes it not only easy to listen to but memorable as well.