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EDITORS’ NOTES

Music plays a crucial role in Marvel’s film Guardians of the Galaxy. Its ‘70s songs are a key link to a character’s past, while composer Tyler Bates says his orchestral soundtrack serves “not only to be propulsive in the action sequences and to set up some of the comedic moments, but really to underscore the emotional depth of the characters. They’ve all survived some terrible tragedy in their life, and they try to suppress the rawness of those emotions in the scope of who they try to be.” Director James Gunn sought Bates’ input on the project from day one, with many scenes then filmed to the composer’s pre-scored music. Tracks were recorded at the fabled Abbey Road Studios with members of the London Philharmonic; Tyler says his music team toiled 100 hours a week for four months. “At least half the cues in the movie have more than 500 tracks of audio,” he says of the intricately layered mix. “It was paramount to me to make sure that the score was what

EDITORS’ NOTES

Music plays a crucial role in Marvel’s film Guardians of the Galaxy. Its ‘70s songs are a key link to a character’s past, while composer Tyler Bates says his orchestral soundtrack serves “not only to be propulsive in the action sequences and to set up some of the comedic moments, but really to underscore the emotional depth of the characters. They’ve all survived some terrible tragedy in their life, and they try to suppress the rawness of those emotions in the scope of who they try to be.” Director James Gunn sought Bates’ input on the project from day one, with many scenes then filmed to the composer’s pre-scored music. Tracks were recorded at the fabled Abbey Road Studios with members of the London Philharmonic; Tyler says his music team toiled 100 hours a week for four months. “At least half the cues in the movie have more than 500 tracks of audio,” he says of the intricately layered mix. “It was paramount to me to make sure that the score was what

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

174 Ratings

This is a Score, not a Soundtrack

porourke,

People giving this poor reviews and complaining this doesn’t have the 80’s songs in it need to learn the difference between film score and film soundtrack/album.

Tyler Bates’ SCORE (as in what this is labeled as on iTunes and in the title) is great! I highly enjoyed it. Now stop your complaining and go buy Awesome Mix - Vol. 1, the SOUNDTRACK.

Guardians Original Score is GREAT & EMOTIONAL

AdamChoate,

I love it, the score is fantastic! It has an epic theme and very emotional tunes, this blends well with the 70/80s music in the soundtrack. Cannot wait to see this movie! Congrats Tyler Bates on another great music achievement & thanks to James Gunn & everybody at Marvel! Guardians hits theaters soon!

About Tyler Bates

Best known for his post-millennial science fiction and horror film work, Tyler Bates is a composer whose work also includes television series and video game soundtracks. Born in Los Angeles, California, he grew up in Chicago and was introduced to a wide range of music by his mother. He began composing music as a teenager and eventually moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1993 to pursue a career as a film music composer.

During the early to mid-'90s, Bates scored a number of B-movies. In the meantime, he was part of the alternative rock band Pet, along with vocalist Lisa Papineau. Pet's 1996 eponymous album debut was executive produced by Tori Amos and released on her Atlantic Records vanity label Igloo. The band was featured on the soundtrack albums The Crow: City of Angels (1996) and The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997). Bates left Pet in 1997 and began concentrating on film, composing full-time following the success of The Last Time I Committed Suicide, which he scored.

He had steady work thereafter, including the films Get Carter (2000), City of Ghosts (2002), and Dawn of the Dead (2004). Bates subsequently worked with rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie on several of his films, including The Devil's Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007), and Halloween II (2009). Besides horror film work, he carved out a niche for himself in the science fiction field, composing music for the films Slither (2006), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), and Watchmen (2009). Outside the realm of film, he worked on the celebrated television series Californication and composed music for video games as well.

In 2015, Bates also joined Marilyn Manson's touring band as guitarist after producing and co-writing their 2014 LP The Pale Emperer. "Cupid Carries a Gun" from the album was used as the opening title music of the supernatural TV drama Salem, which Bates scored. Other highlights from the decade included the Jason Momoa reboot of Conan the Barbarian (2011), the sci-fi blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), John Wick (2014) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), both of which were co-written with Joel Richard, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017). ~ Jason Birchmeier

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