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AICN Exclusive - Here's A Featurette On The Very Trippy Score For LOOPER! "Time Machine!"

Nordling here.

I can't wait for Rian Johnson's LOOPER, and I'm glad that he's again collaborating with his cousin Nathan Johnson for the score (who says nepotism doesn't pay off?).  This exclusive featurette goes into how Nathan collected various sounds from unlikely sources to build his "virtual orchestra" and I really dig how he was inspired by legendary sound designer Ben Burtt to come up with the score.  I'm really looking forward to hearing the score in its entirety, but for now, here's a taste of LOOPER's score, including the track, "Time Machine":

Rian Johnson and Nathan Johnson will be appearing at San Diego Comic-Con at "The Character Of Music" panel on Thursday, July 12th, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Room 5AB to discuss their score for LOOPER, along with their other collaborations, along with Blake Neely (ARROW), Chris Lennertz (REVOLUTION, SUPERNATURAL), and Joseph Trapanese (THE RAID: REDEMPTION, TRON: UPRISING) and Charlie Bean (TRON: UPRISING).  If you're there be sure to see their panel - they'll also be giving away free goodies.

LOOPER opens this September.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • July 9, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by rodneyfaile


  • July 9, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by rodneyfaile

    Has a few hints of Blade Runner by Vangelis here and there.

  • July 9, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    first, second AND third?

    by rodneyfaile


  • July 9, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Pretty good and innovative stuff for a movie score

    by lv_426

    Reminds me of how Bear McCreary approached score for BSG by not doing the same old tired orchestral stuff we always get with movie music. Except in this case, the Looper score is made from abstract/ambient sound recordings while BSG took its original turn by using a lot of uncommonly used ethnic instruments and musical motifs. Also, the song that plays at the end of this video, Time Machine, reminds me of the recent work done by Amon Tobin, who also used self-recorded sounds for his last two albums, Foley Room and ISAM.

  • July 9, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    That's weird, man. I can't wait to hear it.

    by zillabeast

  • July 9, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a pop version

    by brad negrotto

    of Amon Tobin's Foley Room.

  • July 9, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    im impatient and i read the script last week

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    everything people bitched about is addressed. so, shut up with that said, it was a good script BUT I didn't feel satisifiedwith it its not rians fault, I find tt stories kinda pointless (since it will end with a new timeline or everythin that happened will happen). so yea, not happy with the ending BUT there's some cool shit that happens and ill be there opening weekend

  • July 9, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    palefire -- Foley Room was like a pop version of ISAM

    by lv_426

    Don't get me wrong, I loved both Amon Tobin albums, but ISAM was really crazy stuff. Took me a few listens of ISAM before I really understood what he was going for.

  • July 9, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    yo lv!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    you're our resident tber/story maker uper... if u did a tt movie, how would make it different from all the other tt movies?

  • but one thing I've noticed about most time travel films is that they set up some near future dystopia that the travelers come from. These time travelers then go to the near past (which is always our present day) on some elaborate mission (kill someone, save someone, escape from the future authorities, etc). I call this the Terminator Back to the Future effect. It is cheaper and easier to just have one historical period for the time travelers to go back to. This usually ends up being the time period that the film is being made during (80's for Terminator and Back to the Future, or even The Matrix which isn't time travel, but has that same future coexisting with the present motif). Either that or they go back to the time of the dinosaurs, because let's face it, dinosaurs are awesome. If I were doing a time travel movie, I'd make it one with more of an epic adventure tone, like Lawrence of Arabia or Raiders of the Lost Ark. I'd have my time travelers going to some periods of history farther back than the 80's. I'd also set it up that my time travelers are from a far distant future, much removed from the typical Hollywood Blade Runner/1984 style dystopic future. I'd also not make it about saving the future messiah or saving the world from some cataclysmic event or some such overdone concepts that were great when originally done in say The Terminator, but are now a bit stale.

  • July 9, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Love how he uses sounds instead of actual music

    by Kyle DeMattio

  • July 9, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    good shit lv

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I know I could count on you being creative. and for some reasons I knew dinosaurs would come up lol (prob because all our other talks did include dinosaurs). with that said... time travelers vs dinosaurs will be greenlit soon (they are doin dinos vs aliens now). you can call me in as a witness when you sue the wachowhatevertheyrecalledzis for plagiarism

  • July 9, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by brad negrotto

    Oh definitely. He keeps getting more and more abstract.

  • two words... terror birds (aka -- big fucking carnivorous birds that eat you and then drink your milkshake) Instead of dinosaurs, which are great but done to death, I'd plop my unfortunate time travelers down in the Pliocene Epoch to deal with some hungry terror birds. In IMAX 3D of course. Or as Ian Hammond might say... "too bad Jurassic Park didn't work out. I do, however, have a backup plan. I call it Flightless Man-Eating Prehistoric Bird Park."

  • July 9, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    whoops, John Hammon, don't know why I said Ian Hammond

    by lv_426

    Guess I mixed some Goldblum with my Attenborough.

  • July 9, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    I like Amon Tobin's new stuff, but I also wouldn't complain if he incorporated a bit of his jazzy drum and bass style on his next album.

  • July 9, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST


    by brad negrotto

    I do miss his jazzier stuff.

  • July 9, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    not exactly revolutionary but

    by Steve Lamarre

    for Hollywood standards it's cool. But I can go to a local underground noise show and hear stuff like that.

  • July 10, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    It's nice and all but

    by ScaryJim

    All us musicians who've been doing this for years say hi. *cough**cough* I want my music in a fucking movie.

  • July 10, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I'd pay to see that!

  • July 10, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Your album? Where can we hear some of it? YouTube search is rendered futile due to the existence of 2 guys named Kevin Garnett and Lebron James. (great review, by the way... I just adore music critics... and no I'm not being sarcastic... just great language in that review)