Mr. Robot V.3

Music Composed By: Mac Quayle

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                I must admit, when I received Mr. Robot V.3 to review and noted that the album actually featured music from the television seriesí second season, I was a bit confused.  When you see V.3 at the end of a title, you might think that this was a third season soundtrack as I didÖthat is, until I remembered that I had already reviewed Mr. Robot Volumes 1 and 2.  Apparently, there is just so much music in the series, one album canít possibly do the volume of music justice.  The music of the second season of Mr. Robot has been divided into two volumes as well, thus, Mr. Robot V.3.

                In the first season of Mr. Robot, young programmer Elliot (Rami Malek) works as a cyber-security engineer by day.  But by night, Elliot is a hacker.  Unfortunately, Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group ends up recruiting him to destroy the very firm he is paid to protect.  In the second season, taking place 30 days after the infamous 5/9 hack on Evil Corps, we learn the consequences of the attack and the illusion of control.

                The musical score of Mr. Robot is created by Emmy and Grammy-nominated musician and composer Mac Quayle.  Having worked as a producer, re-mixer and keyboardist, Quayle has worked with a number of well-known performers, including Donna Summer, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Britney Spears, Annie Lennox, New Order and more.  He has also written music for over forty films and television shows.  Some of Quayle's most notable work includes the musical score of American Horror Story: Freak Show, American Horror Story: Hotel, Scream Queens and The People v OJ Simpson.

                According to Mac Quayle, ďIf the first season of MR. ROBOT took us into Elliotís mind, the second season drew us deeper into his subconscious.  As we learned, itís pretty dark in there and so naturally the music followed suit. Darker, weirder, more dissonant, more paranoidÖItís quite possibly some of the strangest music Iíve ever written.  I brought Elliotís theme back from season one but in a much more subtle and obscure form. In addition, I expanded the electronic instrument palette with the use of orchestral style strings to add another layer of emotion to certain scenesÖTo round out the sound I created some beat-driven electro tracks that had me jumping around the studio during the composing process.  Once it was all done, it became clear to me that the Mr. Robot rabbit hole goes way deeper than I ever imagined.Ē

                Once again, we have the electronic score, featuring synths and ambient sound.  The score is sometimes ominous, but when fast-paced, there is a sense of danger and intrigue that gets the adrenaline pumping.  The only track that sounded like it didnít quite belong or was perhaps pointing toward a deeper, psychological or emotional issue was Music Box, featuring just that Ė the calliope style music one associates with an older music box

                Mr. Robot V3 is just as long as its predecessors and just as entertaining.  A show based on the intricacies of the cyberworld, hacking, etc. cries for a score consisting of electronic sound and Mac Quayle rises to the task, creating a perfectly entertaining and oft-ominous score for the series that any fan will enjoy.


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