The Knick Soundtrack – Cliff Martinez

the-knick-soundtrackSteven Soderbergh’s new series on Cinemax, The Knick, is a period drama about the staff of a New York hospital in the early 20th century. But, unlike most historical dramas, it features a modern electronic score, by Cliff Martinez.

“As usual, Steven and I rarely spoke and instead communicated via mental telepathy,” said Martinez. “In so many words he told me: ‘We’re all going to recreate early 1900s New York as authentically as possible…except for you. I want the music to be modern and electronic.’” Continue reading

New Sci Fi Flick, Ex Machina, Scored By Portishead’s Geoff Barrow & Composer Ben Salisbury

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Ex Machina – a new film, directed by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Dredd) will feature a score by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and composer Ben Salisbury.

Barrow and Salisbury previously worked together on an rejected score for the 2012 movie Dredd (adapted for the big screen by Garland).  Barrow and Salisbury later revisited and expanded on this material, which led to DROKK;  Music Inspired By Mega-City One – an album of Carpenter-esque dystopian electronica. Continue reading

Wendy Carlos’s Tron Score Gets Limited Edition Blue Vinyl Release

tron-wendy-carlos-soundtrackAudio Fidelity has released a limited edition virgin vinyl release of the Wendy Carlos soundtrack to the 1982 sci fi film Tron.

Carlos’s score combined electronic elements, played on Moog and GDS synthesizers, with orchestral elements, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus. The fusion of elements worked well with the film, which paired live action with early computer animation.

Audio Fidelity specializes in audiophile releases, and they give Tron the deluxe treatment, delivering just about everything that soundtrack fans might want. Continue reading

Solvent – New Ways (Music From I Dream Of Wires)

solvent-new-ways-i-dream-of-wiresAt Moogfest 2014, we had the opportunity to see the US theatrical premiere of the modular synth documentary, I Dream Of Wires (IDOW).

Jason Amm, aka Solvent, was there and was selling copies of his soundtrack to the film, New Ways. We picked up a copy of the vinyl release, which is a gorgeous 2 x 12″ + 1 x 7″ package.

The album is Solvent’s sixth album, following releases on Suction Records, Ghostly International and Morr Music.

jason-ammAmm, right, partnered with director Robert Fantinatto to help write and produce I Dream Of Wires. The film looks into the origin, demise and renaissance of the modular synthesizer. It features interviews with Trent Reznor, Vince Clarke, Chris Carter, Daniel Miller, Flood, John Foxx, Bernie Krause and dozens of other electronic musicians and manufactures. 

As you might expect, Amm’s soundtrack was heavily influenced by his other work on the documentary. According to Amm, he looked on the soundtrack LP as a challenge; he was determined to expand his synthesis palette with the new possibilities of modular, but with a focus on completing a body of work. Continue reading

Kurt Stenzel & The Score To Jodorowsky’s Dune

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Science fiction & synth sounds combine in the soundtrack to Jodorowsky’s Dune – a new documentary that tells the story of “the greatest science fiction movie never made”.

The documentary looks at filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune to the screen. Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artists to flesh out his vision, who would go on to contribute to films like Star Wars & Alien. Jodorowsky’s take on Dune never got made.

In the new documentary, director Frank Pavich presents a look at what might have been, set to an analog synthesizer-laden soundtrack by composer Kurt Stenzel.

We contacted Stenzel to find out more about the soundtrack and how it came to be. Continue reading

Jodorowsky’s Dune Score Features Retro Futuristic Sounds Of Kurt Stenzel & SpacEKrafT

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The highly anticipated documentary Jodorowsky’s DUNE, described as “the story of the greatest science fiction movie never made”, features an analog synthesizer laden soundtrack by composer Kurt Stenzel. 

In addition, the soundtrack features 5 tracks by SpacEKraft, a duo made up of Stenzen & Edward Dahl, who co-pilot space travel themed multimedia events. Continue reading