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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Steven Price
Label: Milan Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 10 July 2020

Milan Records release Steven Price's original score for Archive. The movie is set in 2038 and follows George Almore, who is working on a true human-equivalent AI. His latest prototype is almost ready. This sensitive phase is also the riskiest. Especially as he has a goal that must be hidden at all costs: being reunited with his dead wife...

Given the emotive narrative of this movie, I was surprised that Price didn't sink into melancholy a little more. He wonderfully uses electronic sounds to create a feeling of a technological future, but when emotions come into play there's a dark edge to the sadness - 'I didn't Build You Well Enough', for example.

Talking about the project, Price said: "My favourite projects are the ones where the story leads me into new musical areas, and exploring the world of Archive, a movie where technology and humanity meet in a near future Kyoto, proved to be a brilliant challenge. I’d been looking for the opportunity to create a largely electronic score for the first time in a long while and the story of George Almore, his secretive AI project and the mysterious Archive let me do just that… The music follows the developments in George’s work as it progresses, and as he gets closer to achieving his hopes and dreams it was a lot of fun to blur the lines between the electronic and organic, trying to find the sound of his creations. From the moment I read writer / director Gavin Rothery’s ambitious script I wanted to be involved, and throughout the process he proved to be a great collaborator and true supporter of music. I’m looking forward to people experiencing the movie Gavin has created, and it was a real pleasure to be a part of it."

On almost every level, Price succeeds in his goal to blur electronic music with organic, and to deliver a score that wonderfully reflects the time period and technological advancements.

I love it when composers step outside their comfort zone and tackle something very different to their usual body of work. Price does a wonderful job of delivering a deep and rich score that adds another dimension to the film.


Darren Rea

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