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Automata (Zacarías M. de la Riva)

Automata (Zacarías M. de la Riva)


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“A very fine album, one of 2014’s strongest. Compositionally it is very strong and at its core is a very clearly-told emotional dramatic story – fans of Ennio Morricone and John Williams will find much to enjoy… bolstered further by the crystal-clear recording and great performance by orchestra and choir.” (Movie Wave)

“Zacarias M. de la Riva has created something magical and simply visceral… a meandering and touchingly powerful score that puts the composers name firmly up on the billboard where it rightly deserves to be.” (The Passionata Project)

“We should definitely watch Zacarías M. de da Riva’ career very closely from now on. Wonderful surprise treat.” (Films on Wax)

“Part beautiful choral work, part orchestrated classical music, Zacarías M. de la Riva’s score for Automata should definitely be at the top of every soundtrack collector’s essential purchase list. This is more than a score for a sci-fi movie; this is a beautiful piece of modern classical music in its own right.” (Sci-Fi Online)

“The music by Zacarías M. De la Riva is classy and sophisticated, giving this an almost art-house style vibe…” (JoBlo.com)

De la Riva’s score evokes pristine cleanliness while at the same time, unsanitary primitivism. It conjures up heaven along with hell and is as equally defeatist as it is inspirational.” (Badass Digest)

“The film also boasts of a heart wrenching background score which is potent in its reach. How I wished it to continue for all the way to eternity every-time it started playing.” (Ambar’s Reviews)

MovieScore Media releases Zacarías M. de da Riva’s soundtrack for Automata, the new sci-fi thriller starring Antonio Banderas, recently hailed by reviewers as “a strikingly slick and intriguing sci-fi thriller” (Screen Daily), “freaking magnificent” (Ain’t It Cool News), “surreal science fiction at its best” (Twitch), “smart sci-fi done on a large canvas” (Joblo) and considered a film which is “going to be looked at as a classic of the genre” (Films.com).  MovieScore Media’s release of the score album co-incides with the US theatrical release of the film (courtesy of Millennium Films) on October 10, 2014.

Antonio Banderas plays the role of Jacq Vaucan, a disillusioned insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation whose job involves the investigation of manipulated robots. Although it seems like another routine case at first, Vaucan soon realizes that his latest mission will have more profound effects on the future of humanity… Directed and co-written by Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibáñez (Hierro), the dystopian film also features the talents of Dylan McDermott, Melanie Griffith and Javier Bardem in a cameo appearance as a voice of a robot.

The score for Automata was written by Zacarías M. de la Riva, one of the most versatile talents of the Spanish film music scene. A former student of telecommunication who then enrolled to the Berklee College of Music to study film music, de la Riva has already proven himself to be talented in every genre he’s come across. Previous de la Riva scores issued by MovieScore Media include the prior Gabe Ibáñez collaboration Hierro (2009), the cinema-themed murder mystery Imago Mortis (2009), and the Indiana Jones-inspired animated adventure Tad, The Lost Explorer (2011).

Though it is set in the future overrun with robots, Automata features a rich, orchestral score with a haunting choir lending an epic quality to the story.  As the composer explains: ”The movie moves constantly between two different worlds. The world of the sci-fi thriller and the world of the philosophical and metaphysical. The first one deals with Jacq Vaucan’s investigation of malfunctioning robots, the second one deals with the essence of the being and his reality, human or robotic. Music had to resolute this dichotomy, make the coexistence of this two different worlds possible.”

The score features the The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish choir Johannebergs Vokalensemble which was contracted for the film by MovieScore Media’s Mikael Carlsson.

MMS14020 • AUTOMATA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by ZACARÍAS M. DE LA RIVA
Release date (digital): October 7, 2014
Release date (CD): October 21, 2014
CD available while quantities and interest remain.


1 The Earth 1:52
2 We Want to Live 2:50
3 Robot on Fire 1:00
4 Apology 4:28
5 Desperation 3:30
6 Birth of a New Robot 4:14
7 Good Luck Jack 2:28
8 The Precedent 4:26
9 A Night Out Dancing 4:53
10 The Canyon: Part 1 2:06
11 The Canyon: Part 2 3:52
12 Meeting Cleo 2:45
13 Into the Desert 3:30
14 I’m Burnt Out
15 Locker 2:44
16 New Robot Appears 1:30
17 Badly Wounded 1:43
18 Automata Requiem 4:22


    Automata (Zacarías M. de la Riva)