Nicholas Dodd Renaissance Soundtrack
November 15, 2018
Tech-Noir Animated Science Fiction RENAISSANCE Gets an Expanded Soundtrack
In collaboration with Onyx Films, Music Box Records presents the remastered and expanded CD release of Nicholas Dodd’s original motion picture score to the 2006 motion-capture animated tech-noir science fiction film RENAISSANCE, directed by Christian Volckman. The story is set in the year 2054, at which time Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting its seductive shadow over the city is its largest company Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export: youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrast and rigid laws the populace is kept in line and accounted for, as a French policeman investigates the kidnapping of a scientist who may hold the key to eternal life in a slightly dystopian rendering of Francis’ capitol city.
With its doom-drenched cityscapes populated by anguished detectives, cunning crooks and the femmes fatales who play them all like puppets, the black and white imagery of classic film noir has yielded any number of colorful film scores. This contrast has never been so striking as with Nicholas Dodd’s combination of Hollywood’s orchestral past and the pulsing electronics of France’s future.
The soundtrack was originally issued on CD in 2006, but only included 25 minutes of Dodd’s score and featured additional music by other composers. The new release from Music Box Records adds about 50 minutes of powerful orchestral score performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and features all the music written by Nicholas Dodd for the film, including cues not featured in film.
Produced, edited and assembled by Édouard Dubois (the film’s music supervisor) in consultation with the composer and director, the package includes a 12-page illustrated booklet featuring exclusive in-depth liner notes by writer Daniel Schweiger featuring new comments from Nicholas Dodd and director Christian Volckman, as well as notes from Édouard Dubois about the restoration process.
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