music from tonights ep - here
Freelancing in LA means you’re constantly hearing about projects, titles are dropped with a tentative opportunity for you to be able to work on them, but if your me they never pan out.
Of such projects of recent months, one was Robocop. Jury’s still out regarding whether I’ll get on it, regardless I still can’t stop thinking about what I would do if given helm, music wise.
A movie has yet to capitalize on the current (and here to stay) EDM trend, Robocop is the perfect vehicle for it. I’d a hire a top DJ/producer, maybe Dada Life, or Tiesto, or Knife Party, to score the film (probably would need to pair them with a composer, like a Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross situation). One thing that the money (ie top studio execs) don’t understand is how a DJ controls the crowd, the mood, the temperament. How they can toy with their audience, build them to breaking points, but not always deliver, they own them, the crowd agrees to be taken on the ride with the guy on the decks (or laptop) steering the ship. It’s extremely similar to what a film composer does, using the music to tell the audience what they are supposed to be feeling. Sonic manipulation on both fronts.
Robocop fits so well with this idea obviously because of the future setting. But it’s more than that. I love the world the original films created, that downtrodden, neon, steam punk Detroit. The gangs from the 1980s films would look right at home at an EDM show of today. Robocop has an iconic look but he also has an iconic step. I’m referring to the hydraulic sound effect heard whenever Robocop walks or moves. It’s instantly recognizable. I’d commission a song to be made for film, incorporating that noise into the structure of track.
Lastly, I’d work with the director and composer to create an hour long cut of film set entirely to music. They’re be two premiers (I’d know the music supervisor/film music departments aren’t in charge of marketing but bear with me). The normal bigwig bullshit, and another one, for the fans - of the DJ. It wouldn’t be a premiere but a live performance of the score, mixed with other cues and a projection of the film in some form as an integrated visual. And if this went over well, fuck it, take it on tour.
Assuming the script doesn’t suck (which is a huge assumption), Robocop’s gonna be a hit. The old fans will turn out of curiosity, but there’s a whole generation of kids out there that have no idea who Robocop is. If one were to successfully incorporate EDM in a cool, natural way, it’d be tapping into a built-in audience of youngsters, the coveted 15-24 demographic, that buy tickets to shows, why wouldn’t they buy a ticket to a movie…
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