Walt Disney Records releases Disney and Pixar's Soul Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Soul Original Score vinyl album and Music From and Inspired by Soul vinyl album. The digital soundtrack and both vinyl albums are available now.
"Soul" is directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter ("Inside Out," "Up"), co-directed by Kemp Powers ("One Night in Miami") and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a. (Pixar short "Lou"). Disney and Pixar's "Soul" will be available exclusively on Disney+ (where Disney+ is available) beginning Dec. 25, 2020.
"Soul" is set in two distinct worlds, gritty New York City and the ethereal cosmic realms of The Great Before, which called for two styles of music that help shape and define each world. Globally renowned musician and GRAMMY® nominee Jon Batiste provided the original jazz compositions and arrangements for the film, and Oscar® winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross ("The Social Network"), from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Nine Inch Nails, created an original score that will drift between the real and soulworlds.
The soundtrack also includes the songs "Rappin Ced" performed by Daveed Diggs, "Parting Ways" performed by Cody ChesnuTT, and Batiste's cover of the Curtis Mayfield classic "It's All Right."
Docter said, "Jon Batiste is a fantastic musician-he's a historian yet is able to push the music forward, bringing all these different influences to the work. I sincerely hope that the jazz music in 'Soul' will inspire a whole new generation."
Batiste said, "All the compositions are influenced by a large swath of the hundred-plus years of jazz music, which gives the listener a lot of reference points. It's a subtle way to pay homage while also introducing a whole new audience to these types of sounds."
On creating the score Reznor said, "Our first step is always to listen and really try to understand where the filmmakers are coming from-what they're seeing, what they're imagining. We spent a lot of time discussing how you're supposed to feel when you're first exposed to the 'Soul' world. Then we went back to our studio, which is filled with a variety of real, imagined and synthetic instruments, and spent the first chunk of time experimenting with different arrangements and different instruments and seeing what felt emotionally right to create the fabric of this world."
According to Ross, they wanted to help differentiate the areas of that world. "There's The Great Before, The Great Beyond, The Astral Plane, The You Seminar," he says. "Every place needed its own identity."
Docter said, "We wanted the score for this film to be different from any other Pixar film. We were excited to work with Trent and Atticus because we knew they would bring us places we'd never gone before. Their unique approach to sound and creative thinking made them really inspiring to work with."
The digital Soul Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features 42 score and jazz tracks; the Soul Original Score vinyl album by Reznor and Ross features 23 tracks (Side A 12 tracks / Side B 11 tracks); and Music From and Inspired By Soul vinyl album by Jon Batiste features 22 tracks (Side A 15 tracks / Side B 7 tracks), including his cover of "It's All Right."
About Disney and Pixar's "Soul"
What is it that makes you...YOU? Pixar Animation Studios' all-new feature film "Soul" introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) - a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before - a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what's great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life's most important questions.
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