Music and film go hand in hand, always have. Directors graduating from music videos to the big screen and vice versa, artists taking on their own film score projects and songs taking on a unique cult status all because of that ‘one part’. A gallery of artists, producers and composers have constantly thrown their hat in with the silver screen collaborating on moments in popular culture that go on to achieve something beyond what any individual part would realise.
Us here at Stoney Roads wanted to share some of those memorable moments with you. What are some of your favourite film and soundtrack moments with an electronic twist? We want to see your best suggestions for Part 2.
BLADE RUNNER (1982) – VANGELIS
The dystopian synth masterpiece from Greek composer Vangelis holds a massive cult status alongside Ridley Scott’s future-noir classic. Ironically taking a decade to see an official release despite critical acclaim the soundtrack has been an influence on film scores and electronic music alike. Enlisting the rare Yamaha CS – 80 (read more about the CS – 80 here) for the soundtrack’s iconic movements Vangelis effectively set the benchmark for any other artists seeking to follow in his footsteps.
TRON LEGACY (2010) – DAFT PUNK
And follow they did! Like fat-pants for the rave crowd Daft Punk jumped aboard a project where no other name would fit, the Tron: Legacy Soundtrack. Approached by the film’s director before the film was even green-lit the electric duo took up the challenge liking “the idea of taking of taking classic Hollywood scores and try to clash it against electronics and 1970s science fiction soundtracks with a much darker feel…” (Collider)
Thomas Bangalter speaking to Factmag on the creative direction for the project;
“A cello was there 400 years ago and will still be here in 400 years. But synthesizers that were invented 20 years ago will probably be gone in the next 20. Synths are a very low level of artificial intelligence. Whereas you have a Stradivarius that will live for a thousand years. In the past, we have worked with clashing genres like disco and heavy metal, and here we would do it with film scores…this idea of the ultimate retro-futurism.”
TRAINSPOTTING (1996) – VARIOUS ARTISTS
Director Danny Boyle is famous for partnering soundtracks that equal, in some cases overshadow his work and his 1996 love letter to the U.K. junkie scene Trainspotting is arguably why. Featuring a stellar roster of genre legends Goldie, Leftfield, New Order and Underworld the Trainspotting soundtrack is a perfect companion to one of the signature films of the 90s holding one of the greatest closers ever – Born Slippy
DRIVE – (2011) – CLIFF MARTINEZ & VARIOUS
In Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer/former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez set music front and centre inside the neon gloss L.A. fairytale and all we have to say is ‘Nightcall’ to get you behind the success of that move. A slick throwback to 80s auteurs from John Hughes to Michael Mann rock music just wouldn’t suit. Refn spoke to Spin about the inspiration behind the soundtrack’s direction which he executed to a tee:
“[Driver] is half man, half machine…but the machinery, his car, is an antique. Late ’70s bands like Kraftwerk inspired my idea of making a movie where the score was electronic, but at an infant stage — crude in its technology, yet extremely poetic.”
Featuring Kavinsky, Anoraak, College and Electric Youth amongst Cliff Martinez’s tense score work Drive is one of the most successful soundtracks of recent memory I mean, when’s the last time a modern soundtrack inspired a club tour?