TRON: Uprising

Music By: Joseph Trapanese

Mixes By: Various Artists

Produced by: Walt Disney Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

                When  I received the TRON: Uprising Soundtrack, I remember wondering to myself, "They made a third movie?  I never heard about it.  Hmm..."  Then I noted the name of the composer and realized that I had never heard of him either.  I wondered what I was in for when I set up to listen to the soundtrack of an unknown sequel by an unknown artist.  Boy, was I surprised!

                TRON: Uprising is actually a Disney XD animated television series inspired by the movies TRON and TRON: Legacy.  Taking place between the two movies, the series follows Beck (Elijah Wood), a young program who becomes the leader of a revolution against Clu 2 (Fred Tatasciore) an updated version of the original Clu created by Kevin Flynn who takes over the Grid.  The evil Clu 2 betrayed his creator and TRON (Bruce Boxleitner) and Beck has vowed to free his home and his friends from the clutches of Clu 2 and his evil henchmen.

                Joseph Trapanese is an American composer, producer and arranger who earned a Bachelor's Degree in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters in Music for Visual Media from UCLA.  As I researched this artist, I realized that I should know exactly who Joseph Trapanese is: he collaborated with Daft Punk on the amazing TRON: Legacy Soundtrack, which I reviewed not so long ago.  He also composed musical scores for The Raid, The Bannen Way and more.

                Of course, I didn't know any of this when I first started listening to the TRON: Uprising Soundtrack and I was pleasantly blown away by the score, which incorporates electronic sound and synths to represent the digital world of the Grid.  The music is fast and intense, perfectly representing the action of the series.  Darker tones in the electronica offer up a glimpse into the evil ways of Clu 2. 

                The music is just as fun and exciting to listen to as that of TRON: Legacy and, just when you thought you were listening to some of the most exciting new wave musical scoring imaginable, you get to the seventeenth track of the album where the remixes live.  The remixes offer up even more electronic sound, turning these already terrific tracks of music into tracks you can dance to in a nightclub.

                I had never heard of TRON: Uprising and didn't recognize Joseph Trapanese's name before listening to the TRON: Uprising Soundtrack.  Now, despite not being a TRON fan, I want to check out the animated series and I most definitely want to hear more from Joseph Trapanese!


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