The Sandman: Season 1 Soundtrack Now Available

by Joshua Raynor
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WaterTower Music has announced the release of The Sandman: Season 1 (Soundtrack From the Original Netflix Series) which features music by composer David Buckley (The Good Wife, The Gifted). This 27-track score is available now on all major digital platforms for digital purchase and streaming.

Here are the composer’s thoughts:
The Sandman is an incredibly eclectic story spanning everything from other-worldly magic to deep trauma and horror but is always told with real human feelings.

The Sandman’s range of genres gave Buckley the opportunity to embrace a large palette for the score including full orchestra, choir, early music instruments, such as viola da gamba and baroque flutes, and some esoteric sounds. He combined historic classical music and instruments with modern electronic textures to bridge time within the music. One of the most notable experimentations is that of Dream’s theme, using bells to portray his character’s ruling of the sleeping world, reminding the viewer of a midnight chime. The bells are sometimes warped or dissonant, mimicking the inconsistency and eclecticism of dreams. As an Endless, Dream’s theme is ubiquitous, being used throughout episodes regardless of his on-screen presence.

The highly emotional score switches from dark to dainty themes episode to episode in The Sandman: Season 1, while still remaining cohesive and homogenous. Buckley created sounds unique to every moment of the series, making the music feel alive and distinctive.

  1. The Kingdom Of Dreams
  2. Meet Ethel Cripps
  3. The Threshold Of Desire
  4. Jessamy’s Flight
  5. The Houses Of Secrets & Mysteries
  6. Dream’s Escape
  7. Johanna & Rachel
  8. The Oldest Game
  9. A Kind Word And A Friendly Face
  10. God Tells Me To Do It
  11. Every Hundred Years
  12. A True Annulet
  13. Dreams Shape The World
  14. The Throne Room Of The King of Dreams
  15. Jed Walker, Guardian Of Sleepers
  16. Sleep Well, John
  17. New Dreams To Spur The Minds Of Men
  18. Even A Nightmare Can Dream
  19. A Remedy For Poison
  20. The Truth Of Mankind
  21. Into The Vortex
  22. Return To The White Horse
  23. This Is Fiddler’s Green
  24. Children Of The Endless
  25. There Is Hope
  26. New Dreams… A New Age
  27. Fortune Go With You


There’s another world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep — a place called the Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. When Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will change both the dreaming and waking worlds forever. To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way.

Based on the beloved award-winning DC comic series written by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman is a rich, character-driven blend of myth and dark fantasy woven together over the course of ten epic chapters following Dream’s many adventures. Developed and executive produced by Gaiman, showrunner Allan Heinberg, and David S. Goyer, The Sandman also stars Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Vanesu Samunyai (formerly known as “Kyo Ra”), John Cameron Mitchell, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Sandra James-Young and Razane Jammal.


Emmy-nominated composer David Buckley is currently scoring Kandahar starring Gerard Butler. Recent film scores include Universal’s Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk, Greenland also starring Butler, the remake of Papillon starring Charlie Hunnam & Rami Malek, Jason Bourne directed by Paul Greengrass, and The Nice Guys for Shane Black and Joel Silver. Previous scores include the Joel Schumacher-directed thriller Blood Creek, Ben Affleck’s crime drama The Town, Taylor Hackford’s action feature Parker and Rob Minkoff’s fantasy adventure The Forbidden Kingdom.

For television, David composed the music for the hit Scott Free/CBS drama series The Good Wife and continues to score the spin-off, now in its sixth season, The Good Fight (for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Title Music). He also composed the scores for Mercy Street (PBS), BrainDead (CBS), The Gifted (Marvel/FOX), The Stranger (Netflix), Stay Close (Netflix), and The Lincoln Lawyer (Netflix). He is currently scoring the third season of Evil (CBS).

Born in England, David’s first involvement with film music was as a cathedral choirboy performing on Peter Gabriel’s score for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. He continued his musical education at Cambridge University. In 2006, David moved to Los Angeles where he began collaborating with Harry Gregson-Williams on film scores, including Shrek The Third and Gone Baby Gone. He has written music for films including Wonder Woman, all the Fifty Shades movies, Big Eyes and American Hustle, and his music was featured in David O’Russell’s Joy. David was honored as a ‘Brit to Watch’ by BAFTA.

As well as film and TV, David has written the music for a number of games, including Batman Arkham Knight (Warner Bros/Rocksteady).


WaterTower Music, the in-house label for the Warner Bros. Discovery companies, releases recorded music as rich and diverse as the companies themselves. It has been the soundtrack home to many of the world’s most iconic films, television shows, and games since 2001.

The Sandman: Season 1 soundtrack is available to purchase on CD and is streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

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