Let me be very clear: director Gareth Evans’ The Raid, an Indonesian martial arts epic that tracks a SWAT team sweeping through a highrise infested with drug dealers, is a phenomenal action movie that demands to be seen. Thankfully, Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing it on March 23, so everyone needs to circle their calendars right now. Trust me, once you see this, you’ll understand why every critic at TIFF and last week’s Sundance Film Festival was raving. It also explains why Screen Gems acquired the remake rights. It’s really that good.
While at Sundance I was able to speak with with composers Mike Shinoda of “Linkin Park” and Joe Trapanese, collaborator with Daft Punk and M83, about the soundtrack. They talked about how they got involved in the project, the origin of their collaboration, Sundance, working with Gareth Evans, the programs they used (Pro Tools, Logic and Maschine), how they used “vintage toys” and external hardware for a more organic sound, and a lot more. In addition, for fans of Linkin Park, I asked Shinoda what’s up with the band. Hit the jump to watch.
Finally, if you missed my video interview with Gareth Evans about making The Raid and the sequel, click here.
- Shinoda and Trapanese talk about their first visit to Sundance and remark on the energy of the festival.
- 1:00 – Trapanese says he’s an artist at heart and feeds off of the artistic slant of the festival, while Shinoda is a self-labeled “movie binger.”
- 2:15 – Shinoda talks about his involvement with The Raid and the fact that Sony was looking for a unique sound.
- 3:10 – The two talk about the origin of their collaboration.
- 4:00 – Shinoda discusses The Social Network and the collaboration of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross with David Fincher as well as his work with “Linkin Park” on Transformers.
- 5:40 – Trapanese reflects on the timeline they were on and laying the groundwork of rules for the score for The Raid.
- 6:30 – Shinoda talks about working with director Gareth Evans.
- 7:35 – Shinoda discusses scoring a particular scene (the machete attack) and how often they revisited it to get it right.
- 8:25 – Trapanese calls The Raid “bold and classic” and compares it to the musical styling.
- 9:05 – Shinoda and Trapanese talk about the programs they use and who prefers which, such as Pro Tools, Logic and Maschine.
- 9:55 – They both talk about bringing out “vintage toys” and external hardware to complement their work with a more organic sound.
- 10:25 – Shinoda talks about the current status of “Linkin Park,” who plans to have a new album out by mid-2012.