Drokk is not the soundtrack to the new DREDD movie. Well, it could’ve been.
As you can surmise from the subtitle, Music Inspired By Mega-City One, this collection of music is very much Dredd-affiliated. Geoff Barrow, instrumentalist for the English trip-hop band Portishead, collaborated with composer Ben Salisbury on this collection of orchestral music that at one point was intended to be the score for the new DREDD movie. For whatever reasons, that didn’t pan out, and the score to DREDD was provided by Paul Leonard-Morgan. The actual DREDD score is still very good, the general difference being that it’s heavier on the tangible instruments, such as guitar and drums.
Barrow and Salisbury primarily used 1975-model Oberheim 2 Voice Synthesizers for their compositions, the result of which being that Drokk has less in common with the bombastic Zimmer-influenced action soundtracks of today, and falls more in line with the more measured, eerier likes of Fabio Frizzi and Goblin, and also with the pseudo-futuristic shimmer of Vangelis (BLADE RUNNER). Oh, and John Carpenter. Very much John Carpenter. Listen to Track #4, “301-305” — sound familiar? It will if you’ve seen ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13.
Drokk is the most fun kind of homage. It’s all the action movies and sci-fi movies you grew up on, but the only place it’s happening is inside your head when you listen to it. Maybe it’s ultimately not a huge tragedy that it was separated from DREDD — I like the idea of this rogue soundcloud travelling adrift from the context within which it may or may not have originally been created. It doesn’t have to accompany a story made up by someone else — you can have it soundtrack the story you imagine yourself.
If you’re into that kind of thing, that is. (I am!)
You can listen to the entire thing here, but it’s well worth a buy: http://drokk.bandcamp.com/
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