Welcome to the desert of the real! In celebration of it’s 20th anniversary, for their 32nd Score Guide, Will & Wend shall be tumbling down the rabbit hole to discuss the highly original, postmodern score to The Wachowskis‘ 1999 sci-fi action-adventure, The Matrix, composed, orchestrated and conducted by marvellous composer, Don Davis.
Through the inventive approach of postmodern techniques, the composer employs atonality, dissonance, ostinatos and minimalist techniques to achieve a sound wholly original, for 90s action scores in particular. If the power of The Hollywood Studio Symphony, a 40-piece choir and boy soprano Theo Lebow weren’t enough, the soundtrack also features a collection of songs chosen by the directors that are almost equally well-loved in-context and we shall dive into some of these also, at the end of the show.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight as your hosts fling back the composer’s curtain to uncover all the shining musical moments that make this film score one of their faves of the last twenty years, guiding you through the soundtrack release track-by-track!
Cookies baked, spoons at the ready, let’s enter The Matrix!
Score Guide Artwork by Xander Stobbs 1:4:9 Studio
The Matrix: The Deluxe Edition Varèse Sarabande (2008)
Welcome to episode 51 of Sideshow & Tell, your mini newscast where Ian brings you all the latest on film music, composers and movie news! In this week’s SAT, your host Ian informs you of the latest film and game music releases including Ghostbusters by Theodore Shapiro, from Sony Classical, Viva by Stephen Rennicks, from Lakeshore Records, The Matrix by Don Davis, on vinyl, from Varèse Sarabande, Fallout 4 by Inon Zur, on deluxe vinyl, from Bethesda Softworks, and finally, Me Before You by Craig Armstrong, from Interscope Records. Ian also brings us the news that composer Heitor Pereira is returning to score ‘Despicable Me 3’, composer John Williams was recently honoured with a Saturn Award for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Junkie XL aka Tom Holkenborg has been announced as the sole composer on the upcoming Warner Brothers DC behemoth ‘Justice League’. To finish up this week’s SAT Ian has a pick of the week for you by composer Michael Giacchino, from the wonderful people over at Varèse Sarabande!