If there’s one thing that worked for “TRON Legacy” – and personally, I think a lot of things worked for the film, but I know I’m in the minority – it was the divine music score by Daft Punk, a musical troupe eyeballed, targeted and seduced onto the grid by director Joseph Kosinski himself.
Proving his ears are open to good notes at all times, Kosinski’s hired another talented musical outfit to do the music for his next film, Tom Cruise-starrer “Oblivion”.
According to The Playlist, French electronic act M83 are doing the compositions for the science-ficitoner.
Here’s a taste of what you’ll find on M83’s six albums to date :
Frontman Anthony Gonzalez said, “I’ve wanted to do soundtracks for so long, and starting with such an ambitious project, especially in the sci-fi category, means a lot to me,” he told The Playlist, adding that the experience he’s gained up until this point in his career has prepared him for the immense task ahead of him. “I’m not afraid to do my first soundtrack on a big Hollywood movie, with a big budget and a lot of pressure…I like challenges and it excites me more than frightens me. I can’t wait to hear my music played by amazing musicians, and an orchestra and brass and maybe choirs. It’s a chance to create something big and I’m ready for it.”
“I’m always trying to push myself and I try to do it with my studio albums, and now this is a new adventure, so I’m going to push myself even harder, and try to surprise people and move people with my music,” Gonzalez said, adding: “My vision is really to have a combination of very electronic moments, very M83, and sometimes merge into something more soundtrack-y, but my kind of soundtracks.”
Kosinski has had M83 in mind for the film since 2005. “I was listening to his music back in 2005 when I first wrote this story, so he was part of this from the very beginning in my mind, kind of creatively. And about two years ago, when I started putting together a shortlist of people I’d love to talk to for this project, I sat down with him and we talked about it,” he said. “And it was very clear he had a passion for film and I knew just from his electronic music that he had the potential to create something epic.”
“The story has a small cast of characters, it was designed as kind of a character-driven story, but at the same time it takes place in a vast world. So I need a score that is both emotional, but at the same time can feel big and have a lot of space in it. And his music has that. It’s emotional, it’s triumphant, it just has a spirit and a life to it,” Kosinski added. “It can feel very intimate but it also can feel just huge when it has to. His music is able to capture all those different feelings and qualities simultaneously.”
Here’s the official synopsis for “Oblivion” :
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.
Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.