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Tron Soundtrack

4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005V8J7
  • In-Print Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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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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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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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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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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 early to mid-80's may not be able to be heard again. It could be the answer to the Dark Crystal, and Black Hole OSTs not being released on CD.
Wendy explains--
"--Ampex introduced another even higher output oxide, with a newly formulated binder as well, that exacted a deadly curse upon all who used it. Of course it wasn't realized at first, it took a few years. The new binder was no longer the stable, inert formulation it had been. The supplier of the new batches had inadvertently allowed many short molecules, much shorter than before, to dominate the mix. These are very hygroscopic molecules, which simply means they absorb water readily, right out of the air.

The water causes a change in the state of the binder -- it becomes a semi-liquid, and migrates from behind and in between the oxide particles, gluing them together and to the backing, up to the front oxide surface, where in its softened state it acts as a pretty effective glue, sticking to heads, guides, leader tape, fingers, rat hairs and floor sweeping... all the things you don't want attached to your magnetic tape surfaces, which ought be smooth, dry, clean, and slippery!"
Her TRON and Shining analog masters (on 3M tapes, who decided to use the same kind of oxide/binder formulation) were basically turning into strapping tape (she had digital mixes, "perfectly playable" according to her) but without these analog masters, it would be pretty hard to do new Dolby Surround mixes. Hence, the solution offered by one of the writers at EQ magazine; bake the tapes to dry them out, then back them up to new stock.
Wendy did, and since it is TRONs 20th anniversary, Disney decided to commission a new CD of the soundtrack. Thank God!
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