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MSM/Kronos: The Machine - Tom Raybould

Coinciding with the film’s American premiere on April 25, MovieScore Media releases the BAFTA Cymru-winning music for The Machine, the exciting action/thriller written and directed by Caradog W. James (Little White Lies). The story is is set in a dystopian future where Britain's Ministry of Defense (MoD) wages a never-ending war with China. Scientists Vincent (Toby Stephens) and Ava (Caity Lotz) are tasked with developing the world's first artificially intelligent robotic soldier which sounds and looks like a human, but has amazing strength, speed, and agility. When the new robot is taken over by the ministry for training purposes, the child-like AI gets traumatized by the brutal training and uses its incredible abilities for self-preservation by taking over the MoD’s research facility.

The futuristic underscore for The Machine is provided by Tom Raybould who makes his feature film debut with this score. Previously working on documentaries and short films, the Welsh composer shows himself to be a master of creating intense moodscapes and energetic action sequences with a sound palette limited to clear, almost puritanistic synth sounds. It’s no wonder that Raybould’s music won the BAFTA Cymru Award in 2013 - handed out by the British Academy for Film and Television, this honor celebrates the best of Welsh film-making and The Machine is certainly a worthy winner of the accolade.

Featuring a clear and distinct voice focused on electronica, Raybould’s contributions to The Machine simply burst with retro energy as the composer paints a detailed picture of a terrifying society steeped in militaristic empowerment and literal war games to boost their cause. Ranging from the moody ”Opening” to the heroically revolting ”The Machine” which also contains some vocals to illustrate the humanistic awakening of the AI, the score offers a wide variety of snapshots from the future with a voice strongly linked with the past. Recalling the slick, nostalgic sound of Tangerine Dream or the TRON soundtracks, The Machine may offer the most faithful tribute to classic 80s sci-fi soundtracks coming out in recent years.

CD EDITION: Kronos Records
DIGITAL: MovieScore Media
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Jeremy [HWR:OLM]

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