Listen To Angelo Badalamenti’s New Soundtrack Contribution “The Chair” From Twin Peaks Part 9

Angelo Badalamenti’s music was sparingly used in the initial parts of the new series, but it is slowly and surely seeping through now that more scenes take place in the town of Twin Peaks.

In the most recently aired Part 9, David Lynch reused Deer Meadow Shuffle from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me for multiple Las Vegas scenes with the Fusco detectives. The familiar jazz shuffle has only been released digitally as part of the extensive music collection known as The Twin Peaks Archive, but it will be included in the upcoming physical Twin Peaks soundtrack album (Amazon) out on vinyl, CD and MP3 on September 8, 2017.

Part 9 also premiered a third new composition from the hands of the Maestro, after Accident / Farewell Theme in Part 6 and The Fireman in Part 8. Angelo Badalamenti’s contribution called “The Chair” accompanied a touching scene where one of Major Briggs’s visions* comes true. It will be track 8 on the Twin Peaks soundtrack (Amazon) and you can listen to the entire 4’31′” piece below, or as part of the continuously updated Twin Peaks: The Return soundtrack playlist on Spotify.

*Unless Major Briggs actually witnessed the future?

Angelo Badalamenti – The Chair

Note: this video can’t be accessed from certain regions, including Asia, South America and Africa.

“This is the chair.”

“This is the keyboard.”

Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.


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  1. Hi Pieter,

    Thanks for a fantastic fansite. As an admirer of Angelo Badalamenti–one of the great film composers of the past 30 years), I wasn’t particularly keen on the designation “song” in your headline. Just as Lynch describes The Return as “an 18-hour film” and not a “movie,” so too is Badalamenti’s “The Chair” not a “song” (i.e., it is not sung) but rather either a “cue” (i.e., an excerpt of a film score) or a “piece” (i.e., a self-contained musical artwork).

    PS: Note as well that the 4’33” length of “The Chair” is no doubt a whimsical nod to John Cage!

    • Thanks for the comment and you’re absolutely right. I usually refer to a ‘piece’ or ‘composition,’ but in an effort to use a variety of words, I used ‘song’ here as well.

      As for the length of the composition, I actually mistyped that thinking of John Cage’s work! Badalamenti’s piece is really 4’31” —now fixed.

  2. Wow. I haven’t been watching The Return (I don’t have Showtime, so I’m waiting to purchase it on Amazon), but I simply couldn’t not click on this scene. It all works together: the dialogue, the body language, the music, everything.

    Is it all this good, guys? I’m not looking for spoilers; I just want to know if this season is everything that we built up in our minds…

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