I know this will sound a bit like nerd heresy but I'm still debating which I'm looking forward to more, the new Tron film, or the new Tron soundtrack. This is mostly because I've become a huge fan of Daft Punk over the last few years and this will be the techno duo's first new original work since 2005.
I bring this up because Disney announced yesterday that the duo will be providing two tracks from the movie for Tron: Evolution
, the video game that will fill in some of the blanks between the original film and the film that will be released on December 17th. Also contributing tracks will be Sascha Dikiciyan, Cris Velasco and Kevin Manthei.
The first of the two tracks (Derezzed) has already been released
. Feel free to debate soundtracks of games in the comments.
DAFT PUNK HEADLINES TRON: EVOLUTION VIDEO GAME WITH
TWO KEY TRACKS FROM UPCOMING ‘TRON: LEGACY’ FILM SCORE
Additional Industry-Leading Electronic Composers Created
Ethereal Music Score to Accompany Video Game Action
BURBANK, Calif. — (November 17, 2010) – Iconic and critically acclaimed French duo Daft Punk, who created the music score for Walt Disney Pictures’ highly anticipated upcoming film “TRON: Legacy,” provided two of their tracks from the film for TRON: Evolution, the video game for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows - LIVE. Disney Interactive Studios announced today the inclusion of two Daft Punk tracks in the game -- “Derezzed” and “The Grid” -- along with music from composers Sascha Dikiciyan, Cris Velasco and Kevin Manthei.
The original motion picture soundtrack for “TRON: Legacy” composed by Daft Punk is also set for release on December 7, 2010, from Walt Disney Records. The original motion picture soundtrack, marking the first film score from Daft Punk, is available for pre-order at iTunes.com/TRON.
“Daft Punk’s incredible music is a major part of the ‘TRON: Legacy’ film and brings audiences into the unique TRON grid. We didn’t hesitate when the opportunity arose to include some of the ‘TRON: Legacy’ music into the video game,” said Darren Hedges, game director, Propaganda Games. “The music score is punctuated by not only Daft Punk, but three of the best electronic composers in the business.”
One of the most sought after electronic and video game composers, Sascha Dikiciyan, provided much of the music for TRON: Evolution. Dikiciyan’s score can be heard throughout the game and added to the overall game soundscape and marquee battles.
The music included in the in-game cinematics was created by Cris Velasco. TRON: Evolution has many film-quality cinematics that tell a story that takes place before the events of the “TRON: Legacy” film. Velasco was able to highlight key moments of the story in these dynamic and dramatic moments with a cinematic-quality score.
Ambient audio tracks for areas of exploration and spiritual landmarks in the game were created by Kevin Manthei. Manthei was brought in to punch up the music in an early internal gameplay proposal and the audio worked so well, he was then signed to supply the actual game’s audio.
“When you’re playing the game, the mesmerizing music draws you into the action,” said Jason Owen, lead audio designer, Propaganda Games. “The audio of video games is crucial to the experience and the TRON: Evolution music score definitely separates it from others.”
The TRON: Evolution games will be available on December 7, 2010, in North America for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Games for Windows - LIVE, the Nintendo DS™ family of hand-held systems and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. In addition, TRON: Evolution – Battle Grids for the Wii™ console will include competitive four-player mini games for the entire family.
TRON: Evolution conveys the story of a series of seismic events within the TRON mythology that help shape the “TRON: Legacy” movie. The game features an epic adventure across a massive digital Grid filled with high-mobility disc-based combat and advanced light cycles and light tanks.
For more information about the game, log on to disney.com/tronvideogame.
Disney Mobile’s TRON app (www.itunes.com/app/tron) for the iPhone® and iPod® touch is free to download and features all-new versions of the classic Tanks and Light Cycles games from the TRON arcade. The app also features “TRON: Legacy” trailers, a streamed version of a Daft Punk track from “TRON: Legacy,” pre-sale order information for the TRON: Evolution game, and will continue to be updated leading up to the December film premiere.
For the original motion picture soundtrack for “TRON: Legacy,” please visit DisneyRecords.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/Disney music or follow at Twitter.com/disneymusic.
About “TRON: Legacy”
“TRON: Legacy” is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of TRON where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. “TRON: Legacy” is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 17, 2010, in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.
About Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Interactive Studios, part of Disney Interactive Media Group, is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California, and has internal development studios around the world. For more information, log on to http://www.disneyinteractivestudios.com.