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Exclusive: Brian Tyler Talks About The ‘Criminal’ Soundtrack

In Criminal, Kevin Costner is  the “right man in the wrong body” (what else is new?) In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission. The film’s score was composed by Brian Tyler and Keith Power. In addition to writing the original score, Tyler wrote and recorded the main title song ‘Drift and Fall Again,’ performed under his moniker of Madsonik and featuring Lola Marsh. Tyler is a composer and conductor with over 70 films to his credit. He’s scored films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.

“When talking to the director Ariel Vromen we came to the realization that we should experiment with creating a primarily analog synth score,” says Tyler in press materials for the Criminal score. “We wanted this score to reflect two radically contrasting aspects of the film: grittiness and emotion. We utilized analog outboard synths to create a raw soundscape that could fulfill the entire range of music from grinding raw electronic score to melancholy heartbreak. The style of the score harkened to classic electronic scores of the past.”

Below you can check out an exclusive video interview with Brian Tyler where he discusses the Criminal soundtrack and more. The soundtrack is available now from Lakeshore Records.


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