Soundtrack
 

Debug

Music Composed By: Timothy Williams

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records


Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

                In the science fiction horror film, Debug, six young computer programmers (Jeananne Goossen, Adrian Holmes, Adam Butcher, Kjartan Hewitt, Sidney Leeder and Jadyn Wong) on a work release must debug the artificial intelligence of an interstellar spaceship.  But will they be prepared for an AI who feels its existence is being threatened and decides to fight back?

                The musical score of Debug was created by England-born, Canadian-raised musician, orchestrator and composer Timothy Williams.  Studying music at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Williams relocated to England to continue his studies at the National Film and Television School and work at the BBC as an on-staff orchestrator.  Returning to Canada a few years later, he wrote the musical Napoleon.  Eventually, Williams would travel to Los Angeles.  Since then, he has written a number of scores for television, movies, video games and theatre, including The Mulberry Tree, The Butterfly Circus, Beyond All Boundaries, Red Sky and Walking With the Enemy.  He has also created additional music for Guardians of the Galaxy, 300, Sucker Punch, Watchmen and Doomsday.

                In creating the score for Debug, Timothy Williams decided to mix orchestral sound with electronica: Debug is a sci-fi horror set on a prison ship in space  I knew that the score was going to be primarily electronic, but I loved the idea of using an orchestra for its organic quality, and then mutilating the pristine recordings, through reversing, pitch shifting, filtering, unusual delays and falling reverbs.  The intensity of the score offers up the impression that the characters in this film are in a battle for their very survival and, in a way, that is true of both the human characters and that of the AI.

                The mix of strings and percussion, synths and processed bass with electronic sound and reverb is a bit unsettling, leaving you on the edge of your seat, which is exactly what the composer and the director were hoping for.  The music is absolutely perfect as background for a race against time for survival set in outer space.  As a standalone album, the Debug Soundtrack may not be for everyone, but it is still well worth the listen.

 

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