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Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury – Lawmaster/Pursuit (2012)

Tangerine Dream – Betrayal (1977)

Earlier this year an album named Drokk: Music Inspired by Mega City One – a collaboration between Geoff Barrow of Portishead and composer Ben Salisbury- was released. Barrow and Salisbury had been commissioned by the producers of Dredd to produce a soundtrack for the movie. When that didn’t pan out, both decided to create their own soundtrack regardless and inspired by 2000AD’s iconic lawman and the sprawling future metropolis he patrols.

The resulting album feels strongly influenced by late 70’s and early 80’s soundtracks, namely the type of menacing, dreamy soundscapes created by Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter, Brad Fiedel, Giorgio Moroder, harold Faltermeyer and others; electronic moods that eschewed large-scale orchestras for more stylish, mood driven atmospheres and that utilized the modish technology which dominated that era; the synthesizer.

In recent years, the electronic music score has re-emerged  in such films as  Drive (2011), an existential crime film that itself owed a stylistic debt to films of that period from such film-makers as Michael Mann, Walter Hill and William Friedkin and in 2010’s Tron: Legacy, a belated sequel to 1982 cult sci-fi hit Tron with a score by acclaimed French house duo Daft Punk.

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