Tron Soundtrack, Import
- アーティスト: ジャーニー
- アーティスト: ジャーニー
- アーティスト: WENDY CARLOS
Disney's pioneering 1982 effort in computer animation has garnered a small but devoted cult audience, despite--or perhaps because of--its now-dated, rudimentary vid-game aesthetic. But while designers Jean Giraud and Syd Mead gave its visual design a certain streamline moderne panache, its musical score attempts a similar back-to-the-future fusion with somewhat more mixed results. Given the composer's often chilling, landmark synthesized score work a decade earlier on Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, Wendy Carlos seemed like an apt choice for Tron. But without her previous collaborator's taste for Beethoven, Elgar, and Rossini, Carlos's instincts wend from atmospheric, 20th-century European modernism to cheesy '50s B-film melodramatics, with the sonic limitations of '80s synth technology sometimes a burden. Still, those fond of her solo work and collaboration with Kubrick on Orange (and The Shining) will find familiar charms in "Water, Music, and TRONaction," "TRONscherzo" and "Theme from TRON." But Journey's "Only Solutions" and now all-too-ironic "1990's Theme" further fix the score firmly in the '80s. This debut CD-release of the score also features three bonus tracks, the original "TRONaction" and two other unused cues, including a solo synth rendition of the film's anthem. --Jerry McCulley
The music on the cd is a blended harmony of a full orchestra and synthesizers. Synthesizers and orchestras has played together on soundtracks before, so the album doesn't break any new ground. However, I don't think the mixture had been used to the extent as it was on TRON and never before had the combination been so harmonious. The two different styles of music complement each other quite well.
Besides all the synthesizer/orchestra mash-ups, there are two songs by Journey. The first is the song "Only Solutions". It's the only full song with vocals on the entire album. The other Journey contribution is an instrumental piece entitled "1990's Theme". "Only Solutions" actually fits with the theme of the album, while "1990's Theme" fits neither the theme or the mood of the movie, though it does contain a bit of the movie's spirit
There are three songs on the TRON SOUNDTRACK which, until this cd release, had never before been available to the public. These are tracks #19 (original version of "TRONaction"), #20 ("Break In"), and #21 ("Anthem" keyboard solo).
Like many soundtracks, particularly Disney soundtracks, there are some numbers from the movie that aren't on the cd. The most noticeable is the lightcycle music. I'm not sure why that's not included, but it isn't.
The TRON SOUNDTRACK isn't a great soundtrack. However, it is a decent one. It's notable for being one of the first soundtracks to have a melodic and harmonious blend between a full orchestra and synthesizers. Fans of the original TRON will enjoy this album, while movie soundtrack aficionados will probably appreciate it as well as those who enjoy synthesized music.
All the music as heard on the original LP is here, plus the two songs Journey composed for the film. The bonus tracks are great, especially 'Break In', which tracks Flynn (Jeff Bridges) and friends sneaking into the ENCOM building. The only thing I truly regret is that a piece of music -I call it 'End Of Line', which is played when Dillinger (David Warner) enters his office and discovers, almost at the end of the movie, he's been exposed as the man who stole Flynn's video games -didn't make its appearance on this new edition. Too bad.
However, I am really pleased to have TRON on CD in my hands. There are no extra words to describe my feelings, but now I am playing it over and over in my player. TRON definitely lives!
Really great compositions throughout - maybe the best of their kind?
It's very astonishing how much the soundtrack recalls the movie, how much it apparently influenced its effect on the audience. There is so much "TRON" on this collection of tracks that listening to it on its own with images of the movie in mind becomes a movie experience all its own, so many details to discover that went unnoticed when watching the movie.
I am a big Wendy Carlos fan and her idiosyncratic contrapuntal style is present in all of these tracks that blend her landmark synthesizer sound (famous from classics such as "Switched On Bach") with highly skilled and effective orchestral elements performed by the London Philharmonic.
It's a long way from these extremely detailed quasi classical compositions with all their dynamic development to Daft Punk's comparably smooth and broad TRON Legacy soundtrack.
One star less because the digital transfer of the analog tapes was done too late, the tapes had evidently deteriorated somewhat, which is unfortunately a little bit audible in this publication.
But even under this slight patina it becomes very apparent that this score contains quite a few unique "neo-classical" musical gems worthy of rediscovery and of having a musical life of their own. Unfortunately it seems unlikely that a recreation of this music with modern means would even have a chance to capture the same effect.
The two Journey tracks are not very spectacular, unless you are a fan of Journey and want to complete your collection.
Overall, I'd have to say this is my favourite Wendy Carlos album.