The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix

Year: 1999
Directed by: Andy and Larry Wachowski
Produced by: Joel Silver, Bruce Berman (Exec. Producer)
Studio: Warner Brothers
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fisburne, Carrie-Anne Moss


Music composed, orchestrated and conducted by Don Davis
Recorded at the Newman Scoring Stage, 20th Century Fox Studios
Music scoring mixer Armin Steiner
Synthesizers mixed by Larry Mah
Film editor Zach Staenberg
Music editors Lori Eschler-Frystak, Jordan Corngold and Brenda Heins


ALBUM INFO

Original score album released on Varèse Sarabande.


REVIEWS

"The Matrix weds Davis's mastery of musical detail and coloration to a largely atonal postmodern concerto that's complex, dark, and unrelenting. Many film scores have driven tonal writing and heroic motifs into the ground; Davis's deft, sparing use of them here places them in stark, effective relief. The Matrix offers up a rewarding orchestral challenge that may just be a decade - or two - ahead of its time." - Jerry McCulley, Amazon.Com

"Don Davis wrote a sharp and exciting score to match the intellectual and emotional rushes in the plot. Unlike other features in the science-fiction-action genre that tend towards heavy synthesized sounds, this one has an orchestral score with brisk articulations and crisp acoustics." - Helen San, Cinemusic Online

"Davis's orchestra bristled like wild scurrying insects, his chordal structure ominous and doomsaying, huge revelatory climaxes rising out of unearthly mysteriosos, blaring dissonances morphing into eerie sonorities, crashing percussive pulses on top of wriggling violins. An utterly fascinating, often haunting, and very disturbing score..." - Randall D. Larson, Fandom

"Though the score is puzzling upon the first few listens, the result is a remarkable addition to the action genre." - Mike Dougherty, Filmtracks

"Davis is certainly an excellent composer, and his skills as an orchestrator have been honed to such an extent that the music in The Matrix is consistently and genuinely interesting to listen to." - Jonathan Broxton, Movie Music UK

"It's been a long time since I heard a score this powerful, dark and agressive." - Andreas Lindahl, ScoreReviews.com

"Matrix takes an abrupt left turn from that perspective, using stark atonality to personify the twisted plot of this special-effects-loaded flick. It's an extremely complex view that only a seriously talented composer could come up with. In fact, this is probably the most complex score I've heard all year, and it's sitting up there with the 13th Warrior as my favorite of 1999." - Andrew Drannon, Scoresheet

"The most striking thing about the score to the Matrix is the superb atmosphere that most of the music creates and the fascinating uses of ordinary orchestral instruments." - Tom Daish, Soundtrack Express

"There were only a few parts in the movie where Don Davis could have legitimately inserted any mainstream style film music, but he found the perfect part for it, latched on to it, and hung on for dear life. It was a stroke of brilliance and showed fantastic instinct on his part. " - Josh Wisch, SoundtrackNet

"Needless to say, Don Davis hit the bulls eye, with some of the most suspenseful, adrenaline packed music of 1999. Davis truly deserves high marks for this score. This score is eerie. This score is scary. This score fits the film with a rare perfection that composers rarely experience." - Christopher Coleman, Tracksounds