The Machine (Tom Raybould)

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It’s a dark atmospheric score, that occasionally manages to catch your attention through “Blade Runner” and “Terminator”-like sounds and techniques. (Pete Simons, Synchrotones)

Coinciding with the film’s American premiere on April 25, MovieScore Media releases the BAFTA Cymru-winning music, by composer Tom Raybould, for The Machine, an exciting action/thriller written and directed by Caradog W. James (Little White Lies). The story is set in a dystopian future where Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) wages a neverending war with China. Scientists Vincent (Toby Stephens) and Ava (Caity Lotz) are tasked with developing the world’s first artificially intelligent robotic soldier which sounds and looks like a human, but has amazing strength, speed, and agility. When the new robot is taken over by the ministry for training purposes, the child-like AI gets traumatized by the brutal training and uses its incredible abilities for self-preservation by taking over the MoD’s research facility.

Featuring a clear and distinct voice focused on electronica, Tom Raybould’s contributions to The Machine simply burst with retro energy as the composer paints a detailed picture of a terrifying society steeped in militaristic empowerment and literal war games to boost their cause. Ranging from the moody ”Opening” to the heroically revolting ”The Machine” which also contains some vocals to illustrate the humanistic awakening of the AI, the score offers a wide variety of snapshots from the future with a voice strongly linked with the past. Recalling the slick, nostalgic sound of Tangerine Dream or the TRON soundtracks, The Machine may offer the most faithful tribute to classic 80s sci-fi soundtracks coming out in recent years.

Composer Tom Raybould makes his feature film debut with this futuristic underscore. Previously working on documentaries and short films, the Welsh composer shows himself to be a master of creating intense moodscapes and energetic action sequences with a sound palette limited to clear, almost puritanistic synth sounds. It’s no wonder that his music won the BAFTA Cymru Award in 2013 – handed out by the British Academy for Film and Television. This honor celebrates the best of Welsh filmmaking and The Machine is certainly a worthy winner of the accolade.

MMS14025 • THE MACHINE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by TOM RAYBOULD
Release date (digital): April 22, 2014

TRACK LIST

1 Birth 3:35
2 Opening 1:48
3 Bad Dreams 1:57
4 Turing and Burning 2:56
5 Mary and Hope 2:16
6 Arms 3:28
7 Underground 2:34
8 Ava Shot 2:19
9 Area 6 2:49
10 Ava 2:57
11 Revolution 4:26
12 Look Closer 1:42
13 Brainscan 1:51
14 Angel of Death 1:35
15 Operation 4:20
16 Ava Saves Vincent 2:46
17 I Trust You 2:17
18 The Machine Fights 3:54
19 The End 4:07
20 The Machine 1:35

    The Machine (Tom Raybould)