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Elysium
(2013)
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Composed and Produced by:
Ryan Amon

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Alain Mayrand

Co-Orchestrated by:
Penka Kouneva

Performed by:
The London Philharmonia Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 6th, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if challenging textures are your desire, newcomer Ryan Amon proving his capability in providing every tone and emotion you could imagine in this fascinating debut.

Avoid it... if you expect Amon, whose experience is largely in trailer scoring, to be able to connect all of his brief ideas into one cohesive whole, this working desperately lacking clear themes or narrative flow.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,569
WRITTEN 12/23/13
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Elysium: (Ryan Amon) Apparently, the futuristic apartheid message seen in Neill Blomkamp's highly acclaimed 2009 film District 9 wasn't enough to satisfy the director's need to inflict leftist political agendas upon the world. In 2013's Elysium, he takes that anti-apartheid idea truly global and further out in the future, making the entire planet of Earth into the sub-class and the people in the massive Elysium station orbiting the planet into the elite tormentors. Never mind the fact that such a societal arrangement and its technological manifestations are not possible by the year 2154, when the movie is set, but then again, Blomkamp's intent was to unmask current inequities through this giant fantasy metaphor, admitting his political goal. For those who don't care about immigration, health care, and other class-related issues, Elysium is a glittery enough science fiction/action spectacle to suffice for those with less thoughtful brains out there. Featuring Jodie Foster as a vicious political force of evil is always destined to be a benefit as well. After rounding up reasonably positive critical reviews, the film went on to a decent worldwide gross. While most of the crew from District 9 was retained by Blomkamp for Elysium, he went a most unconventional route when selecting a new composer for the 2013 project. The story of this score, in fact, is a truly remarkable fantasy in and of itself, the dream of countless film music fanboys who conduct along with orchestral scores in their apartments and basements. Blomkamp, quite remarkably, had heard young trailer music writer Ryan Amon's product in a trailer online and decided to hire him based solely upon his impression of that material. The young Amon had minimal experience in the scoring industry and had never completed a full score for a television, video, or cinematic film in his career, the bulk of his output resulting from his trailers and some minimal ghost-writing for reality television. The American had no famous mentor in the industry and had begun his trailer music work while living in Bolivia, of all places. Kudos have to be given to Blomkamp for this kind of risk (with such a large budget, he could have brought in a famous composer, or even a lesser known fantasy expert like Andrew Lockington, with ease), and Amon handles his debut with surprising competence. His score for Elysium is both brilliant and frustrating simultaneously, expressing remarkably inventive instrumental and manipulative techniques while failing to bring the whole into focus with any type of developmental flow. Each cue in this score sounds as though it was constructed as a separate piece of trailer music, a fascinating glimpse into the man's capabilities without knowing if he can string together a theme or develop a coherent thought over the course of an entire picture.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 71:11
• 1. Heaven and Earth (4:27)
• 2. Fire Up the Shuttle (1:44)
• 3. Unauthorized Entry (4:35)
• 4. Deportation (1:54)
• 5. Darkness (4:49)
• 6. Things to Come (4:35)
• 7. You Said You'd Do Anything (3:29)
• 8. A Political Sickness (3:47)
• 9. Arming Projectile (1:25)
• 10. Zero Injuries Sustained (1:29)
• 11. I'd Like Them Dead (1:20)
• 12. You Have No Idea (2:11)
• 13. The Raven (1:57)
• 14. Let the Girls Out (2:07)
• 15. I Don't Want to Die (1:35)
• 16. Matilda (2:52)
• 17. Step Aboard (2:53)
• 18. Heading to Elysium (1:53)
• 19. Keep Them Busy (0:52)
• 20. When He Wakes Up (1:39)
• 21. We Do the Hanging (1:06)
• 22. Kruger Suits Up (2:25)
• 23. The Armory (0:58)
• 24. I'm Right Behind You (0:37)
• 25. Fire and Water (2:01)
• 26. The Gantry (1:08)
• 27. Breaking a Promise (3:17)
• 28. Elysium (3:44)
• 29. New Heaven, New Earth (2:22)

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