Chappie Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer (2015)
Get it: If you enjoy all-electronic music, especially if you are a Hans Zimmer fan
Don’t get it: If you want a score that sounds remotely orchestral
Chappie was bound to be something a little special since it is composer Hans Zimmer’s first all-electronic score in 25 years. He also had a little help with this, with additional music by Steve Mazzaro and Andrew Kawczynski. But how did it turn out? Chappie, being a film about a robot that can feel and think like a child can, is quite an interesting movie for anyone to score. It has to have somewhat of a child element, while still remaining robotic and ready for action and intensity.
The first track, “It’s a Dangerous City”, seems like it would fit perfectly, given the OST’s nature, into an action sequence of a new Tron film. There’s a constant, underlying low that doesn’t change very much, while the beeping highs fluctuate, also not changing much. In the middle is where you find some variation.
Other tracks are club-ready (in part). Although it’s clear that it isn’t made specifically for a night club, it could still overlap given the tone of the score. There’s a lot of repetition with the specific layers of music. It is interesting when you get to hear Zimmer use a softer side of the electronic music. However, don’t get to attached to it because it doesn’t last long before we’re back to the pulsating beats. These moments are mixed into the overall score fairly frequently throughout.
In general, it’s simply an intense electronic action score.
It’s easy to pick-up that Zimmer really did try to add variety between the tracks and to keep each one from sounding just like the other. This is particularly important when you’re dealing with this electronic score that he is. Whether it was effective or not is a matter of opinion and ultimately up to you, but the effort is definitely appreciated for certain. “Mayhem Downtown” definitely stands out since it varies from the rest of the score in that it incorporates fresh elements, such as an electronic choir of sorts. “Illest Gangsta on the Block” is pretty different. It sounds somewhat like if an Atari formed a modern rock band. This is undoubtedly a successful attempt at variety from the rest of the soundtrack and is a quite unique cue.
Not to sound redundant, but it is, in the end, basically what a Hans Zimmer Tron score might sound like. Zimmertron. Sounds cool.
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