Electronic Musicians Behind Soundtracks in TV & Film

In the process of making movie music, Thomas Newman once said, “You find out what you’re really capable of.” It is a great way to learn so much about the artist and also to helps those willing to break down the barriers.  Electronic artists are no exception.

Electronic musicians have been stereotyped as non-musicians from the very beginning. Oftentimes, composers and film scorers consider them to be stuck to one genre, template, and not musically savvy.

In spite of this, times have changed. Several of the biggest hits in music history have included electronic music as a part of their compositions, including Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL, and Vangelis. However, today we will look at musicians on the further end of the electronic spectrum.

From world-renowned artists to industry-champion producers, we’re listing out some amazing musicians who have scored for movies.

Skrillex

The current prodigy of dance music is not new to scoring or making music for movies.

This wild child of dubstep has given hit after hit to movies such as ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, ‘Zoolander 2’, ‘Spring Breakers’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Divergent’, and ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’. He also has a number of soundtrack credits under his real name Sonny Moore.

Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins is one of the best electronic composers out there. A Grammy nominated producer for his album ‘Singularity’, he began producing for a variety of artists, including Brian Eno, Coldplay, and David Holmes.

His famous works includes ‘Monsters’ and  ‘How I Live Now’.

Paul Haslinger

Paul Haslinger was a member of the electronic group Tangerine Dream for five years, after which he left to pursue his own music.

He has composed scores and themes for several films and television series, including ‘Crank’, ‘Death Race’, ‘Resident Evil’ and ‘The Girl Next Door’, among other projects. He has also scored for games such as ‘Wolverine’, ‘Far Cry’, ‘Need for Speed’ and ‘Rainbow Six’!

Deadmau5

The Testpilot produced his first ever original film score for the Netflix film ‘Polar’.  The 13-track soundtrack album consists of tracks like ‘somb’, ‘drugs’, and acoustic piece ‘camilla’ and was released via his label Mau5trap.

Deadmau5 proves why he is the still the best with this, and that’s not it! The artist is also currently preparing for his next album.

Paul Oakenfold

Among the firsts, the trance legend has been an integral part of everything electronic music since the beginning. How can we not expect him to score for a movie?

He is credited as the main producer for the movie ‘Swordfish’, in which 7 tracks out of the 15 tracks on the film’s soundtrack were created by the artist. Besides this, he has also contributed to movies like ‘Shrek 2’, ‘The Matrix Reloaded’, ‘The Bourne Identity’, ‘Blade II’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, and scored the main theme for the TV show ‘Big Brother’.

One of the chase sequences in the movie features his signature style:

The Chemical Brothers

Big Beat pioneers such as The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Crystal Method and others were always the first to try out new ideas. One such group was the Chemical Brothers, who worked on the film ‘Hannah’ with Joe Wright.

The Chemical Brothers were also set to score their second film soundtrack for ‘Now You See Me’, but they pulled out of the project due to scheduling issues. Nevertheless, we’re eager to see them become part of something bigger sooner or later.

Listen to this beautiful theme from the movie:

Above and Beyond

With the release of their first cinematic film score for The Last Glaciers, Above & Beyond are once again breaking new ground.

Award-winning filmmaker Craig Leeson (A Plastic Ocean) and United Nations Mountain Hero & Entrepreneur Malcolm Wood direct and produce this breathtaking documentary film, which explores the causes and effects of climate change in Antarctica, the Himalayas, the Alps, and the Andes.
“It was an honour to be invited by Craig to compose the score for ‘The Last Glaciers. For the musical direction, we felt it important for the score to reflect the beauty of our changing planet that Craig had elegantly captured. Stylistically we wanted to combine our largely electronic musical background with a live orchestra to create a hybrid score. It was important to us that the score both reflect the challenges facing the world today, and those faced by Craig as an individual and filmmaker over the course of filming. As well as conveying a sense of urgency, we wanted the score to portray an optimistic tone, and to encourage a positive call to action from the viewer.”
Explains Jono Grant from Above & Beyond.

Kill The Noise

Jacob Stanczak, professionally known as Kill the Noise, is an American DJ and record producer. The artist’s discography includes one studio album, three remix albums, four extended plays, 15 singles, 34 remixes and a hit track co-written with Skrillex!

He has composed tracks for films like ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, ‘Escape Room’, ‘Zoolander 2’, and ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’. The major hit track from these is ‘Shell Shocked’  featuring Jucy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign.

Recently for the Netflix Original Film ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’, Kill the Noise wrote and produced the song ‘Redemption’ featuring Al Jourgensen.

Daft Punk

Everyone knows about them and everyone knows their music. The two men have been the driving force behind films such as ‘Tron’, ‘The Saint’, ‘Kiss of the Dragon’, and ‘Iron Man’.

Apart from this, they have a long list of TV shows and video games to their credit.

Multiple Artists for We Are Your Friends

The film is considered to be one of the best dance films ever made.

Although the movie has its flaws, it has given the best soundtrack composed by electronic artists till date. The 31 tracks whooping soundtrack features artists like Bro Safari, Pyramid, Will Spark, Hook n Sling, Fake Blood, Dillion Francis, Years & Years, Deorro and many more.

The soundtrack surely lifted the spirit and theme of the movie.

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