March 16, 2012
My first film score, “The Raid: Redemption,” is finally here.
Listen to a few of the tracks from the soundtrack now at TheRaidSoundtrack.com, including the song “RAZORS.OUT,” which features Chino from Deftones/†††. If you pre-order the album, you get “RAZORS.OUT” instantly.
TheRaidSoundtrack.com is the ONLY place you can get the physical CD. You can also pre-order the digital album download only and it will be delivered on 3/20.
“The Raid: Redemption” opens in New York, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington DC on March 23, and nationwide April 13. Watch the trailer HERE.
February 15, 2012
The Raid is coming to theaters soon. Almost all of the music is instrumental–doing anything with vocals seemed to take away from the movie. I think it ended up being 50+ minutes of score.
But at the end of the film, I found room for two songs with vocals. I didn’t want to do sing or rap. I decided to call on some friends.
January 24, 2012
Had a great time at Sundance this past weekend. This was the premiere of the film with the new score. All the award-winning showings of the movie up to this point have been with the previous score, and the reviews have been amazing…so I was a bit nervous to see how critics reacted to it with the new music. Needless to say, I was relieved to see that people still liked it, some saying they even liked it more with the new music.
I went to the premiere with an old friend, Ken Block. Most of you probably know him from this. Ken started DC shoes back in the day, and is a pretty inspirational and fun dude.
With the premiere over, and a change to relax, we got together with some mutual friends to hang. Met Steve Berra. Awesome dude, I could have talked to him for hours.
Did a little press too, with the director (Gareth Evans) and my scoring partner (Joe Trapanese). Great guys.
Wrapped up the weekend with a party for The Raid, and a set by Deadmau5.
All in all, a great trip. Lots of awesome reviews about the film and the new score. Here’s a new (super bloody) taste of what you’re in store for when the movie comes out in a couple months…
October 21, 2011
The score for The Raid is steadily moving along. In between Linkin Park studio sessions–which are also underway–I’m working on the feature-length score for this brutal Indonesian action movie. With a good chunk of the movie now sounding good, and a lot of great hype and reviews coming from folks who have gotten a chance to see the film, I’m excited to tell you a little more about it.
Writing big, nasty parts for a fast-paced action scene have come pretty naturally for me. There are lots of moments with big beats and unique, exciting sounds. But one thing I’ve found that’s different in writing for film (versus an album) is being aware of how and when to make the music transparent. The music needs to be invisible at times. Writing a Linkin Park song is usually about our personal stories, not someone else’s. And an LP song is designed to draw you in, to catch your ear with words, melodies, and sounds. Often, the techniques I might use to create a catchy sound or “hook” would actually take away from a scene in The Raid, so it’s been a fun challenge to learn when and how to let the movie’s story come first.
I also enlisted the help of Joe Trapanese, best know for his work with Daft Punk on the TRON score and soundtrack. Joe also did strings on the newest M83 album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” Joe comes from a composing / arranging / film background, and we’re finding great ways to inform and compliment one anothers’ work in the music for this movie.
Here’s a cool (fan-made?) video for Joe’s favorite track he worked on, from M83’s new album, a song called “Wait”
EDIT: Check out this new interview I did about scoring The Raid – HERE