Elektro’s 10 Favorite EDM Movie Tracks and Scores
Electronic music can be heard in your headphones, in the club, and, if you listen carefully, in choice moments on the silver screen. These are ten of our favorite EDM-in-the-movies moments.
Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy
Although the critical response to the French duo’s hotly anticipated soundtrack was less than stellar, the Tron: Legacy score, (recorded with an 85 piece orchestra), still hit at #1 on the dance charts in the US and the UK.
Trance legend Paul Oakenfold wrote and performed the aggressive, futuristic ‘Dread Rock’ for the second installment of The Matrix trilogy and also made a cameo appearance in the 2002 dark college flick The Rules of Attraction.
Legendary Greek composer Vangelis made movie history by orchestrating the moody, synthesized soundtrack to this 1982 Harrison Ford science fiction classic.
The first track from Justice’s monumental "Cross" plays over the ending credits of this mildly watchable 2008 action flick.
The second single from Fatboy Slim’s 1998 smash "You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby," is featured on the soundtrack to this debauchery heavy 1999 cult classic starring Katie Holmes. Which leads us to…
Tiësto reworks the classic Mission Impossible theme (“duh, duh, duh, duh duh duh, dadaDAAAA”) for the recently released fourth installment of Tom Cruise mega action series.
This 4x4=12 single plays in the background during a club scene in the second installment of The Hangover and also plays over a house party scene in the eighth season of Entourage.
LA DJ/producer duo The Dust Brothers orchestrated the score for this ultra-dark , much beloved David Fincher directed Brad Pitt/Edward Norton classic. The score remains the duo’s only original work to date.
LA glitch hop trio rework the White Stripes doom-ey classic for the trailer of this equally doom-ey forthcoming GI Joe franchise flick. (And it stars The Rock!)
To end, we get old school with one of the original EDM soundtracks in film history, courtesy of Italian synth-pioneer Giorgio Moroder. Midnight Express’ disco-dance score, (which clearly had some influence on LCD Soundsystem), won the 1978 Academy Award for Best Film Soundtrack.