Esquire - "Sounds of Spycraft: The Secrets Behind Man from U.N.C.L.E.'s Gnarly, Retro-Rock Soundtrack"
Sounds of Spycraft: The Secrets Behind Man from U.N.C.L.E.'s Gnarly, Retro-Rock Soundtrack
Composer Daniel Pemberton broke every rule in Hollywood to bang out the perfect blend of now and then.
When it came to The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Guy
Ritchie had one request of composer Daniel Pemberton: make every track
its own spoonful of cool. "He didn't want it to feel like score,"
Pemberton tells Esquire over the phone. "He wanted it to feel like a
great piece of music that was just being dropped on the scene." Most
film scores tend to set a quick mood before falling into the background,
but Pemberton's soundtrack rubs shoulders with the performers; it
feels snug around the '60s-set spy tale like a well-tailored suit. It's
East meets West meets crazy, an album with the freedom of a standalone
record that just so happens to have shootouts and car chases backing it
up. How'd Pemberton pull it off? Esquire.com asked the English composer
to annotate a few of his eclectic tracks:
"Out of the Garage""I tried to get this sounding as much like a1960s score as I could, but with a modern twist, where it sounds a lot bigger," Pemberton says. To bring an old school flavor to the tracks, the composer recorded riffs on old harpsichords, massive drums, and the zither-like chimalong to magnetic tape and mixed them through period-appropriate desks. Digital tools were used to amplify and layer, giving it a thunderous quality that only live performers could execute, but never practically achieve.
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