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Tron Original Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Wendy Carlos Audio CD
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1. Creation Of Tron
2. Only Solutions
3. We've Got Company
4. Wormhole
5. Ring Game And Escape
6. Water, Music, And Tronaction
7. Tron Scherzo
8. Miracle and Magician
9. Magic Landings
10. Theme From Tron
11. 1990's Theme
12. Love Theme
13. Tower Music - Let Us Pray
14. The Light Sailer
15. Sea Of Simulation
16. A New Tron And The MCP
17. Anthem
18. Ending Titles - Tron
19. Tronaction (Original Version)
20. Break In (For Strings, Flutes, And Celesta)
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Etant fan de "TRON", j'ai eu un trés grand plaisir a posséder la BOF de Wendy Carlos.La musique est tous simplement génial et un grand MERCI pour AMAZON.CA ,car sans eux, mon réve devenez impossible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic soundtrack for a pioneer CGI movie Jan. 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
It took 9 years for Disney to release the original soundtrack for Tron. But the wait was all the more worthwhile. When I saw the movie way back in 82, I was entralled by its computer animation, but noticed the soundtrack was equally impressive. Like the movie itself, the music was a pioneer of its kind, with an emphasis on synthesizer composition, while there was a mix of orchestral music in the soundtrack. The electronic music is what makes it so special and it creates a truly cyberspace feel for the movie. It sounds not just futuristic, but the variations in the music generate different moods for the plot. I like most of the pieces in the soundtrack, but I think 'Theme from Tron' and the 'Love Theme' stand out, and the 'Anthem' is one of my favorites. Needless to say the synthesizer music throughout the soundtrack manages to stand the test of time, even though the 2 tracks by Journey do sound pretty dated by today's standard. But those 2 songs are still pretty good considering they are from 1982.
Wendy Carlos managed to create music that suits the movie to the T. The electronic music is full of harmony. I can listen to the soundtrack time and again and still not get tired of it, because it still sounds futuristic more than 20 years after it was composed. I recommend this soundtrack to all those who have seen the movie, as well as those who enjoy electronic music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever tied to the movie Oct. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
Most soundtracks are pretty mundane, or just derivates or outright copies of other great music (how many times have you heard Orff's Carmina Burana intro by now?). They could be the soundtrack to any number of movies.
Not so with the TRON soundtrack. When you hear the "Sea of Simulation" you are instantly transported to the journey on board the solar sailer. The same for many other tracks, and when you hear the main theme you feel yourself being sucked into the computer just like Flynn.
Wendy Carlos (Walter Carlos before the sex change, for those of you confused on this point) has crafted a unique, original soaring work of electronica, seamlessly blended with a real orchestra. As another reviewer mentioned, this work was created from an age when only great artists and technically skilled people could make any sort of music on electronic instruments, never mind something that was classical.
Tron is a special movie for me because I saw it just around the time when I started learning about computers, and it perfectly captured the excitement and imagination of the computer world for me. Its special effects are constantly bashed as being outdated, but there is still no other movie that has the kind of visual style this movie has, and the soundtrack accompanies that style well. It's extremely underrated, in my opinion.
The sound quality is excellent (it should be, it was engineered by someone who is now a contributor to Stereophile magazine) especially considering the master tapes had to be baked in an oven to rescue them from certain destruction.
If you enjoy this soundtrack, check out the Clockwork Orange soundtrack, it is also excellent.
The only downsides to the soundtrack are the two Journey tracks which are dated and cheesy relative to the other material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate recording Aug. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
A beautiful release of one of the most interesting movie soundtracks of its time, and Wendy Carlos's compositions sound just as lively, fresh and contemporary now as they did then (unlike the Journey tracks and the movie itself, both of which show their age). And to those complaining about the loss of the "Deleted Lightcycle Music" track, there is a beautiful reorchestration and performance of it on one of Carlos's other recordings: It is the movement "Io" on her "Digital Moonscapes" CD.
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It is perhaps no coincidence that Wendy Carlos's synthetic soundscapes for TRON are at least as memorable as Vangelis's score for the real-world companion to TRON: the movie BLADERUNNER. Though neither film and neither composer's work was intended to be a companion to the other, due to subject matter, production, the year of release, and other factors, it is almost inescapable that TRON and BLADERUNNER act as the two sides of a single cyber coin.
Both albums even suffered delayed release troubles, in that Vangelis's score for the Ridley Scott film was not available in any form prior to 1994, and Carlos's score for TRON was not available on compact disc until 2002. Both scores are remarkable feats, dating to an era when electronic music was still very much in the toddler phase, and it took supreme talent to wring soaring sounds out of clunky analong equipment without digital recording processes.
The TRON soundtrack is especially precious in that it was thought to have been lost for good when Carlos discovered that her master library tapes upon which TRON had been recorded were rapidly eroding. Thanks to Disney, however, the tapes were restored in a one-time, one-shot process for one final remastering onto digital media, and thus Wendy Carlos's best known film score shines and sparkles like the day it was first laid down onto tape.
If you have seen the movie, or if you love it in the way I love it, then buying the Carlos score is a no-brainer. But even if you disliked the motion picture or otherwise found TRON to be a forgettable viewing experience, the soundtrack is still a tremendous piece of electronica, and I highly recommend it to any self-respecting electronic music fan, young or old.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The sounds need the sights
While I felt the music of 'Tron' melded quite well with the film's action and scenes and set the right tone for the most part, the music by itself doesn't sound all that... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Zagnorch
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great soundtracks
This is truly one of the great soundtracks. Composer Wendy Carlos explains on her Website (an excellent site, BTW) why some of the recordings (soundtrack and otherwise) of the... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2002 by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre!
Some soundtracks are really just a visual thing. TRON is the perfect example. Why? There are two types of melody on here- the awwww squiggly squiggly kind when they jump on those... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2002 by Jamal
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last...
Hard to believe it took 20 years...
Then again, we're all still waiting for The Dark Crystal OST to be remastered to CD and it came out in '82 as well!
Published on Aug. 9 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird And A Little Over the Top
I listen to this soundtrack often but the keyboard music is both repetitive and annoying after awhile. Read more
Published on July 28 2002 by Sal Paradise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, but one sticking point.
Its about time! Disney has finally stopped dragging its feet and has released the Tron soundtrack on CD. There is no other soundtrack like Tron, before or since. Read more
Published on May 8 2002 by S. D. Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Synthesized Music I've Ever Heard!
I wasn't really to fancy with Wendy Carlos' synthesized music until I heard Tron, which was not only synthesized, but mixed with a real orchestra, and one of the best ones in the... Read more
Published on March 27 2002 by Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mannheim Steamroller goes sci-fi
Took 'em long enough! The fans (few though we may be) have been waiting for this release on CD for years and years. It's finally here and better than I had anticipated. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2002 by D. Collier
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