Tron: Uprising Soundtrack Release

The soundtrack for the Disney XD animated series TRON: Uprising will be released by Walt Disney Records in digital format on January 8, 2013, according to an announcement by the company. The TRON: Uprising soundtrack will be released only in digital format and includes 16 tracks composed for the series by Joseph Trapanese, along with remixes by David Hiller, 3OH!3 and Opiuo and a new song called “Rezolution” from Hollywood Records recording artist Cole Plante.

Trapanese is a veteran of the Tron franchise, having worked with Daft Punk on the score for the 2010 film Tron: Legacy, where he arranged Daft Punk’s music using his experience in film scoring and orchestration to translate the duo’s ideas to the orchestra. The collaboration was a successful one: the soundtrack made the top 10 chart and sold over 500,000 units, earning a gold certification. Based on their experience with Trapanese on this project, Daft Punk recommended him to Disney to compose the score for Tron: Uprising.

Joseph Trapanese’s score for TRON: Uprising draws elements from Wendy Carlos’ score for the 1982 film and the score composed by Daft Punk for the 2010 film. The score for Uprising uses adaptations of the synth patches developed by Daft Punk for Tron: Legacy, but expands on the sonic palettes and musical motifs of the film while still paying homage to what has gone before.

Trapanese has said that the writers of Legacy and the creative team working on Uprising worked together closely in order to give the series a distinct feel which is connected to the Tron films at the same time. He added that being given a framework of ideas to work with along with the creative freedom to take things in new directions was one of the most rewarding things about the project.

Trapanese produced a cinematic-style score for the series which is a perfect fit for the animation style of TRON: Uprising. The series is set in between the original 1982 film and the 2010 Tron: Legacy and tells the stories of the denizens of The Grid. TRON: Uprising is made using CGI, but with a visual language which harks back to traditional 2D animation and of course, the films. The series stars Elijah Wood as Beck, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Paige, Mandy Moore as Mara and Bruce Boxleitner returning as Tron.

Trapanese says that one of the biggest challenges of scoring the series was that opposed to the film, there were nearly 7 hours of footage to work with, rather than just over 2 hours. Additionally, Trapanese had to work with a world which wasn’t constrained by the physical limitations of human stuntmen and stuntwomen and real-world special effects, which added another layer of complexity to the project. The remixes featured on the TRON: Uprising soundtrack were chosen by Trapanese and are by artists he feels represent the world of the series; the Cole Plante track is described by Trapanese as a work inspired by and in reaction to the score of the series.

Joseph Trapanese has spent his entire life in music, having begun playing both piano and trombone as a child, even performing with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall. He studied composition at the Manhattan School of Music and attended graduate school at UCLA in their Music for Visual Media program, where he won the first Jerry Goldsmith Award in 2007.

After completing his studies, Trapanese began working as an orchestrator on the popular Showtime series “Dexter”. He has also worked on television programs and films including “Fast Five”, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Butter”.