Transformers Prime: Season One
Composed By: Bryan Tyler
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
I remember watching the original Transformers cartoon with my brother when we were kids. We loved that show and still have an affection for all things Transformers. There have been several remakes of the show, both animated and live action, and we’ve seen them all, but I never knew about the latest series airing on The Hub Network called Transformers Prime. In fact, I only found out about the series when I received the Transformers Prime: Season One Soundtrack for review. In Transfomers Prime, Megatron has returned to Earth and Optimus Prime and his team must find a way to stop them while also protecting three kids who have accidentally discovered them. I couldn’t wait to check out the music for this new animated series.
The musical score of Transformers Prime was created by American composer Bryan Tyler. Shortly after receiving a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s from Harvard, Bryan Tyler began scoring for feature films. Since then, he has created musical scores for over fifty films and has been nominated Film Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association. His impressive résumé includes musical scores from such films as Eagle Eye, Rambo, The Expendables, Battle: Los Angeles; television series like Terra Nova and video games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Having grown up with the characters from Transformers, Bryan Tyler was delighted to work on the soundtrack for this new series, finding the experience to be “a treat.” According to Tyler, “It was fantastic getting to compose the score for Transformers Prime because the approach was what made me excited about films when I was growing up: hearing rousing themes played by a live orchestra.”
The listener will have just as much fun listening to the musical score of Transformers Prime as Bryan Tyler had creating it. The heroic theme of the Autobots featured throughout the soundtrack features brass, strings, percussions and cymbals with spurts of dramatic choral accompaniment. For the evil Decepticons, the tone is the opposite of the music spectrum, dark and foreboding. The battle scenes are intense and incredibly exciting, combining the heroic theme of the Autobots and the dark theme of the Decepticons and adding a musical score that seems to build in intensity, becoming faster and faster and rising in crescendo.
Had I not known that the soundtrack I was listening to had been created for an animated television series, I would have thought it had been created for a feature film, as the music is so intense and exciting. I loved the Transformers Prime: Season One Soundtrack. It took me back to the days of my youth, while still supplying me with an epic soundtrack that I would never have heard on a cartoon series in those days. Any fan of Transformers would do well to check this soundtrack out. Fans of the series will really enjoy this album, picturing scenes from the series as they listen to the soundtrack. I commend Bryan Tyler on a job well done!