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Tron
(1982)
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Composed and Produced by:
Wendy Carlos

Conducted by:
Douglas Gamley

Orchestrated by:
Jorge Calandrelli
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(January 29th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release, priced below usual retail levels.
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Buy it... only if you are prepared to appreciate the effective, but significantly dated sound of this extremely specific merging of early synthesizers with orchestra and chorus.

Avoid it... if any aspect of the sound of retro arcade music from the 1980's raises bad memories for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #535
WRITTEN 4/5/02, REVISED 10/4/08
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Tron: (Wendy Carlos) In 1982, science fiction and fantasy films were transferring from the expanses of space to Earth-bound computers, and Tron explored many of the metaphysical aspects of the relationship between humanity and computers that would dominate Hollywood scripts in the subsequent decade. Disney's venture was the first to truly explore the realm of CGI, and although the renderings of the world of Tron may seem extremely simplistic in an arcade sense nowadays, it was a technological marvel in its day. The film wasn't considered a success at the time of its release, but an appreciation for what was attempted, as well as a script with a surprising amount of foresight, has caused the film a cult following. The same has always been applied to the music for Tron, written in equally experimental measures by Wendy Carlos, one of the first and foremost female composers working in Hollywood. Carlos had been best known for her collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick in the prior years, and the production was a leap of faith for Disney given Carlos' reputation. The initial thought behind the music for Tron was to clearly distinguish the real world and that of the game by splitting the music between orchestral traditions and synthetic tones for the special effects. This move made a lot of sense, and Carlos was initially thought to be providing music specifically for the CGI sequences. Ultimately, the lines between real and electronic became blurred in the conceptualizations of the story and, appropriately, Carlos similarly combined the style of the old and new for a greater portion of the music than was anticipated. Even today, most casual listeners erroneously assume (from memory) that the music for Tron is largely electronic, a product of moog synthesizers that offered a very dated sound that was appropriate to the Tomorrowland of Disneyland more than anything else. The score is, in fact, a laborious blend of both worlds, executed at a time when there were no sequencers and Carlos had to record all the lines of organic and synthetic performances separately and merge the tapes by hand. Her expertise in recording technologies was not only the key to the success of her Tron efforts in context, but in the process of restoring it for its long overdue CD album debut for the film's 20th anniversary as well.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 58:57
• 1. Creation of Tron (0:49)
• 2. Only Solutions - performed by Journey (3:41)
• 3. We've Got Company (2:19)
• 4. Wormhole (2:29)
• 5. Ring Game and Escape (2:57)
• 6. Water, Music, and TRONaction (2:25)
• 7. Tron Scherzo (1:46)
• 8. Miracle and Magician (2:40)
• 9. Magic Landings (3:44)
• 10. Theme from Tron (1:37)
• 11. 1990's Theme - performed by Journey (2:08)
• 12. Love Theme (2:07)
• 13. Tower Music - Let Us Pray (3:47)
• 14. The Light Sailer (2:37)
• 15. Sea of Simulation (3:23)
• 16. A New Tron and the MCP (5:10)
• 17. Anthem (1:40)
• 18. Ending Titles (5:16)
• 19. TRONaction (1:29)
• 20. Break In (For Strings, Flutes and Celesta) (5:34)
• 21. Anthem for Keyboard Solo (1:09)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a lengthy note about the score and album from Wendy Carlos, written in November, 2001. The packaging is otherwise sparse.
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