‘Dredd’ Soundtrack Details

Posted: August 30, 2012 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music Albums
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The details of the soundtrack release for the new comic book movie adaptation of Dredd have been revealed. The album features the film’s original score composed by Paul Leonard-Morgan (Limitless). The soundtrack will be released digitally on September 3, 2012 and physically on September 10 (overseas only) by Metropolis Movie Music. To download the album visit Amazon and click here to import the CD version. Check out audio clips from all tracks on the album after the jump. Dredd 3D directed by Pete Travis, written by Alex Garland and starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Jason Cope and Domhnall Gleeson is set to be released nationwide on September 21 by Lionsgate. For more information about the film, visit the official movie website.

Here’s the album track list:

1. She’s A Pass
2. Mega City One
3. The Plan
4. The Rise Of Ma-Ma
5. Anderson’s Theme
6. Lockdown
7. Cornered
8. Kay Escapes
9. Mini-Guns
10. Undefined Space
11. Bad Judges
12. Judgment Time
13. Hiding Out
14. Order In The Chaos
15. Slo-Mo
16. Taking Over Peach Trees
17. It’s All A Deep End
18. Judge, Jury And Executioner
19. Any Last Requests?
20. You Look Ready
21. Ma-Ma’s Requiem
22. Apocalyptic Wasteland

2000 AD’s DREDD explodes onto the big screen, with BAFTA-winning British composer Paul Leonard-Morgan (Limitless, Spooks) creating the sound of Mega City One’s feared Judge…

DREDD starring Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy, Lord Of The Rings), Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones). Written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) who also produced the film alongside Andrew Macdonald (Sunshine, Trainspotting) and Allon Reich (Never Let Me Go), DREDD was directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point).

After completing work on the soundtrack to DREDD, composer Paul Leonard-Morgan cannot wait to see it in 3D. “The cinematography is stunning. Using a unique camera which filmed at about 10000 frames per second, they created some breath-taking visuals. It is going to be truly mind-blowing in full 3D”.

Leonard-Morgan was already familiar with the Dredd Character “I was never a huge comic fanboy, but I grew up with Dredd. He’s such an iconic character. He also scared the sh*t out of me! Dredd is one bad-ass mofo, he sees things in black and white. He’s not a traditional super-hero in the Hollywood sense, but more a mix of Robocop and Dirty Harry. He is dangerous and edgy”.

Leonard-Morgan’s soundtrack has already garnered positive reviews, with Variety commenting on it’s “throbbing bass-driven score”, and others comparing it to the groundbreaking scores of John Carpenter.

From a music point of view, I wanted to create a sound which fitted a future set in 100 years time, so traditional orchestra was out of the question. I started off doing some band-based stuff, but it felt too safe and overly-produced, so I ended up going down a really electronic vibe – taking all my 80’s synths and present day sound modules, creating some really screwed up sounds and putting them through countless distortion and fx pedals. I was looking to create a timeless score which couldn’t be placed in any particular era. So it’s ended up being a cross between a modern dance track and evocative soundscapes.

For the slo-mo music, I used this incredible new timestretch software called Paul. I composed and recorded new tracks with real instruments, and then slowed them down by thousands of percent to match the vibe of the visuals, adding some realtime score over the top of it. So 1 second of written score could end up lasting 10 minutes. It sounds weird, but it creates some truly beautiful sounds. Really ethereal. It takes you to a completely different world. Getting to do experimental things like this in a film score isn’t something that happens every day, so it was really exciting pushing back the boundaries.

Paul Leonard-Morgan is best known for his score for last year’s box office No 1 hit Limitless starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist). This soundtrack earned him a nomination for the prestigious World Soundtrack Discovery Award. Previously he had been the composer for the BBC’s award-winning drama Spooks (MI5 in the US).

Leonard-Morgan is currently working on The Numbers Station starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman.

  1. I see that the O.S.T. is available on Amazon and iTunes U.K. but not in the U.S. Do you know when the soundtrack will be released digitally in North America?