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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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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 Its special effects are constantly bashed as being outdated, but there is still no other movie that has the kind of visual style this movie has, and the soundtrack accompanies that style well.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.
For starters, there is the inclusion of three bonus tracks, one of which is 'Break In', the missing string ensemble piece which accompanies the Real World portions of the movie.
But the bonus tracks are just icing on the already incredibly delicious cake! At center stage is the amazing remastering of the score material, as completed by Wendy Carlos herself. I've had this soundtrack memorized for years, but I must say I never truly appreciated how much percussion there was in nearly every track. And the ultra Hi-D 20-bit sound is enveloping and astounding. Dramatic tracks like 'Wormhole' and 'A New Tron and the MCP' are frighteningly ominous. Audiophiles will love this stuff.
I would've preferred a bit more deluxe packaging with scoring notes, pictures of the recording process, etc., and it would've been nice if the soundtrack had been given more attention in the bonus material on the new DVD, but who wants to split hairs when such a masterpiece has arrived?
Bottom line: It's ABOUT TIME that Disney gave proper respect to Tron. A very special THANK YOU to Wendy Carlos, who rescued the original masters from certain deterioration only a couple of years ago. Tron lives!
"--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!
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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AMAZNG blue vinyl.... gotta love Kevin Gray and Wendy Carlos.... perfection. Im a 40yr old who loved the !(*@ Tron movie. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2014 by yelofoley
This is such a great soundtrack. Except for one track by journey, it's all insturmental and electronic. If you liked the 1982 movie, you will love the soundtrack.Published on July 13 2014 by Nicole
Etant fan de "TRON", j'ai eu un trés grand plaisir a posséder la BOF de Wendy Carlos. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Wasinski
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 morePublished on July 1 2004 by Zagnorch
It took 9 years for Disney to release the original soundtrack for Tron. But the wait was all the more worthwhile. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Christopher S. O. Chao
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2003 by S. Maxey
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 morePublished on Sept. 26 2002 by Jamal
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!
I listen to this soundtrack often but the keyboard music is both repetitive and annoying after awhile. Read morePublished on July 28 2002 by Sal Paradise