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Oblivion [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Oblivion [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by M83

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Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. The film


Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. The film releases nationwide on 4/19/13.

The OBLIVION Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features new music by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese (TRON, THE RAID). The score features a hybrid of the traditional M83 electronic sound combined with sweeping orchestral elements. The soundtrack has sixteen score cues along with a brand new song “Oblivion” by M83 featuring Norwegian singersongwriter Susanne Sundfør, which is the end title for the film.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
As M83, Anthony Gonzalez's music has always had an epic, movie-worthy quality to it, whether on the soaring heights of "Midnight City" or the moody passages on Saturdays=Youth. For his first actual score, for Joseph Kosinski's dystopian sci-fi film Oblivion, Gonzalez collaborates with composer Joseph Trapanese (who worked with Daft Punk on the score for Kosinski's Tron: Legacy), and together they blend the M83 sound with more conventional orchestral elements. A handful of tracks here could have appeared on Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, most notably "StarWaves," where the sweeping synths and intense buildup are a distant cousin of "Midnight City," and "Oblivion," which closes the score with a dramatic ballad sung by Susanne Sundfør. For the most part, though, Gonzalez tempers his usual neon romanticism to fit Oblivion's post-apocalyptic action: the pulsing synths on "Odyssey Rescue" hark back to such classic sci-fi music as Vangelis' Blade Runner score, while the somber, slow-building orchestral epic "Waking Up" is far from M83's euphoric heights. With Trapanese, he moves from electronic to orchestral and back again with a minimum of effort, and finds eloquent ways to compose with both. "Tech 49" begins with turbulent brass and drums that are mirrored by deep arpeggiated synths as it closes, and "Earth 2077"'s strings are as lavish as the keyboards usually are in Gonzalez's music. Even if there are times when the score errs a little too far on the side of conventionality, Oblivion still has several standout moments, including the revved-up suites "Canyon Battle" and "Radiation Zone," both of which sound very different than any of Gonzalez's previous music and also bend the rules about what highly charged movie music should sound like. Similarly, the score's quieter cues also provide some of its most memorable tracks, including the elegiac "I'm Sending You Away" and "Undimmed by Time, Unbound by Death." That Oblivion resembles a blockbuster soundtrack more than an M83 album may disappoint some of Gonzalez's fans, but it means that he and Trapanese succeeded in making the film's music what it needed to be.

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Performance Credits

M83   Primary Artist,Band
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Walt Harrah   Tenor (Vocal)
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
William Booth   Trombone
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Alvin Chea   Bass (Vocal)
Randy Crenshaw   Bass (Vocal)
Wade Culbreath   Percussion
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Alan Estes   Percussion
Julie Gigante   Violin
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Jeff Gunn   Tenor (Vocal)
Karen Harper   Alto (Vocal)
Angie Jaree   Alto (Vocal)
Jon Joyce   Bass (Vocal)
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Roland Kato   Viola
Michael Lang   Piano,fender rhodes
Dane Little   Cello
Charles Loper   Trombone
Andy Martin   Trombone
Edward Meares   Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Katia Popov   Violin
Mark Robertson   Violin
Kim Scholes   Cello
Jim Self   Tuba
Doug Tornquist   Tuba
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Toshi Yanagi   Guitar
Sean Hurley   Bass,Bass Guitar
Elin Carlson   Soprano (Vocal)
Daniel Kelley   French Horn
Peter Limonick   Timpani
Andrew Shulman   Cello
Donald Williams   Percussion
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Julie Rogers   Violin
Lisa Sutton   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Bob Joyce   Bass (Vocal)
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Shawn Mann   Viola
Darrin McCann   Viola
Mike Geiger   Bass (Vocal)
Armen Anassian   Violin
Antony Cooke   Cello
Keith Greene   Viola
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Edie Lehmann Boddicker   Alto (Vocal)
Michael Valerio   Bass
Daphne Chen   Violin
Trevor Handy   Cello
Timothy Loo   Cello
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Ilan Rubin   Drums
Gregory Goodall   Timpani
Phillip Yao   French Horn
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Steven Dunham   Tenor (Vocal)
Jasper Randall   Tenor (Vocal)
Jenny Kim   French Horn
Songa Lee   Violin
Joanna Bushnell   Soprano (Vocal)
Christian Ebner   Bass (Vocal)
Neel Hammond   Violin
Diane Freiman Reynolds   Soprano (Vocal)
Lynn Richburg   Viola
Belinda Broughton   Violin,Concert Master
Andrew Synowiec   Guitar
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Danielle Ondarza   French Horn
Loïc Maurin   Drums
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Gerald White   Tenor (Vocal)
Malcolm McNab   Trumpet
Fletcher Sheridan   Tenor (Vocal)
Amy Wickman   Violin
Serena McKinney   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Mark Adams   French Horn
Robert Schaer   Trumpet
Yelena Yegoryan   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Justin Hageman   French Horn
Sarah Lynch   Alto (Vocal)
Susanne Sundfør   Vocals
Jessica Freedman   Soprano (Vocal)
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
Kevin Kumar   Violin
Chris Gambol   Tenor (Vocal)
Thomas Diener   Viola
Alex Iles   Trombone
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Jim Campbell   Bass (Vocal)
Donna Medine   Alto (Vocal)
Phillip Levy   Violin
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Paul Cohen   Cello
Chris Ermacoff   Cello
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Eric Bradley   Bass (Vocal)
Matthew Funes   Viola
Cindy O'Connor   Soprano (Vocal)
Kate Reddish   Viola
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Grace E. Oh   Violin
Timothy Eckert   Bass
Amber Erwin   Alto (Vocal)
Jenny Graham   Soprano (Vocal)
Chris Mann   Tenor (Vocal)
Teri Eiko Koide   Soprano (Vocal)
Ashoka Thiagarajan   Violin
Joseph Trapanese   Conductor
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Benjamin Jaber   French Horn
Dylan Hart   French Horn
Farah Kidwai   Alto (Vocal)
John Gregory Miller   French Horn
Laura Brenes   French Horn
Giovanna Clayton   Cello
Allen Fogle   French Horn
Marijke Van Niekerk   Alto (Vocal)
Luke Mauer   Viola
Gaby Santinelli   Soprano (Vocal)
Geoffrey Osika   Bass

Technical Credits

Vincent Cirilli   Scoring Recordist
Joel Iwataki   Engineer
Jasper Randall   Choir Contractor
Susanne Sundfør   Composer
Philip Cohen   Music Business Affairs
Bryan Lawson   Score Producer
Josh Humphrey   Composer's Assistant,Additional Production
Satoshi Noguchi   Score Mixer
Anthony Gonzalez   Composer,Producer,Score Producer
Joseph Trapanese   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements,Score Producer
Joseph Kosinski   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jason Lazarus   Composer's Assistant

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