Sony Music is proud to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack for RoboCop on February 4, featuring the original score composed by Pedro Bromfman. Directed by Jose Padilhaand starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, the film will be released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Columbia Pictures on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
Bromfman's idea for the score of RoboCop was, in his own words, to "blend acoustic and electronic instruments. Like RoboCop himself, part man, part machine, the music needed to be a hybrid." This was achieved by incorporating synthesizers and electronic pulses into the sound of an 80-piece orchestra with live percussion and by processing acoustic instruments, sometimes the entire orchestra, and altering their sounds beyond recognition. He used varied percussion instruments throughout the score: from the Brazilian cuíca and berimbau to water phones, an electric driller and the rare Swiss instrument "hang," with its beautiful metallic tone. The blend of these unexpected sounds with traditional orchestral percussion created distinctive results. Bromfman also made the connection to the original, legendary RoboCop: "Although I've worked hard at creating an original, contemporary and cutting edge score, we wanted to pay homage to the original theme composed by Basil Poledouris … re-invented and re-orchestrated but full of presence and personality as it originally was."
New RoboCop themes, created by Bromfman, are presented throughout the 25 tracks of the soundtrack. From the urgent throbbing and orchestral punctuation of the first track, "Mattox and Reporters," Bromfman's music evokes rising excitement. Later pieces vary the mood: "OmniCorp" is pensive, marked by alien beeps and echoes, "Calling Home" is slower and more emotional marking the first appearance of the family theme, and "Explosion" conjures a sinister atmosphere. "First Day" demonstrates a full blown rendition of the new RoboCop theme and "RoboCop Presentation" reinforces the blend of electronics and orchestra. Bromfman skillfully plays variations on the tension and action, keeping listeners interested through to the final pounding crescendo of "Battling Robots."
This music goes beyond the typical Hollywood action score. Like the film, it is not excessively heroic or emotional, but dark, current, hip and intelligent.
About Pedro Bromfman
Brazilian-born Pedro Bromfman, who has written and produced music for Universal Pictures, MGM, 20th Century Fox, ABC, The Weinstein Company, Buena Vista International, ESPN, BMW and Nokia, wrote scores for two other films by Jose Padilha: Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad, winner of the Berlin Golden Bear in 2008), and Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, 2010), the most successful Brazilian film to date. In recent years, Bromfman has been awarded two Gold Medals for Excellence in Film Music at the Park City Film Music Festival, while also receiving nominations for two Cinema Brazil Grand Prizes (Brazilian OSCARS) and other honors. Recently, he worked on the music for the video game Max Payne 3.
About the film
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and OmniCorp – the world's leader in robot technology – sees a golden opportunity to reap billions for their company. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured, OmniCorp grabs their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and will stop at nothing – no matter the cost to Alex – to make sure the program succeeds. But OmniCorp never counted on one thing: there is still a man fighting inside the machine. The film is directed by Jose Padilha, written by Joshua Zetumer and Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner, and produced by Marc Abrahamand Eric Newman.