TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
Music composed by
Marco Beltrami, conducted by Marco Beltrami and Pete Anthony

Label: Varèse Sarabande
Catalog: 302 066 481 2
Year: 2003
Tracks:

1. A Day In the Life
2. Hooked On Multiphonics
3. Blonde Behind The Wheel
4. JC Theme
5. Starting T1
6. Hearse Rent A Car
7. Tx's Hot Tail
8. Graveyard Shootout
9. More Deep Thoughts
10. Dual Terminator
11. Kicked In The Can
12. Magnetic Personality
13. Termina-Tricks
14. Flying Lessons
15. What Do You Want On Your Tombstone?
16. Terminator Tangle
17. Radio
18. T3
19. The Terminator
20. Open To Me - Dillon Dixon
21. I Told You - Mia Julia

Total Time: 51:30
Rating:

Reviewed by
Jorge Saldanha

 

19 years after the role that made him a star in Terminator and 12 years after he said "I´ll be back" in the movie that started the new age of advanced CGI visual effects, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, "Schwarzie" is back in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Producers Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna are back too, but sadly are gone director/writer James Cameron and composer Brad Fiedel. The treatment that Fiedel gave to The Terminator was to develop an essentially mechanic tonality, what it is extremely logical since the history is commanded by the actions of the cyborg machine. In the remarkable "Terminator Theme" the almost indestructible visitor from the future is portraied by a 5-note electronic percussion that sounds like a machine gun firing, and a deep metallic bang.

For the third installment of the franchise, director Jonathan Mostow tried to set the music in different directions and hired Marco Beltrami for the job. As he explains in the booklet notes, "I sought a musical style that would be fresh and unique. I wanted a composer who was not afraid of writing bold visceral music. I quickly zeroed in on Marco Beltrami because he possesses the talent and range to achieve an ambitious score." To create the 85 minute score, Beltrami incorporated 96 musicians, including 13 percussionists and a 30-voice choir. He did a great job, creating a brand new score that blends the serie´s traditional electronic accompaniment with the large orchestra.

T3´s score is suspense and action music at its best. If you have any doubts listen to "Blonde Behind The Wheel" or "Kicked in the Can". It also features strong motifs for the old Terminator (Schwarzenegger) and the new "Terminatrix", the T-X (Kristanna Loken). But Beltrami´s skills delivered some beautiful and melodic chords too, in tracks like "JC Theme" - the theme from John Connor (Nick Stahl) and the main score´s motif - "More Deep Thoughts" and "Radio", all of them featuring a very nice use of the strings section. Even achieving the unique sound that Mostow demanded, Beltrami´s music keep some of the cold, metallic characteristic from Brad Fiedel´s tracks. Interesting to notice that in his Terminator motif he uses almost the same percussion heard in the original theme - which, by the way, was included in the album with an interesting orquestral arrangement (heard in the final credits, tied with the 2 expendable songs).

The gifted composer is no stranger to high action science-fiction features as evidenced by his prior score for Blade 2. Just for refresh your memory, other scores by Marco Beltrami include Resident Evil, which he co-composed with Marilyn Manson, The Dangerous Lives of Altair Boys, Mimic and, of course, the Scream trilogy. However T3 is his first score for a high budget movie and, as usual, another testament to Beltrami's musical mastery of the genre. Back to the booklet notes, Mostow explained, "I am convinced that Marco will soon rank as one of the most important composers in our industry." Mr. Mostow, I bet you are damn right.

If you want to know something more about Beltrami and his work, check out our exclusive interview.

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