has been remastered for CD, Disney
(Original LP Cover Art -- click for larger image)
First Report: TRON Remastered!
just in. We're certainly both as surprised and as happy as
most of you will be. Disney just contacted us out of the
blue, and informed us that they were going to release a CD
of my original music soundtrack to put out in conjunction
with their new DVD edition of the 1982 motion picture,
They asked if we had a digital stereo CD master available.
The catch was that they needed the new master, like ...
click it for a larger image)
Fortunately, the sound for
was more recent than many of the ESD remasterings, and
didn't need so much manual cleanup and massaging of tiny
ticks, bumps, hums, hisses and so forth, that have become
only audible on the latest audio systems. So the process
went smoothly if intensely during a marathon week of
whirlwind production over the Thanksgiving holiday. Hey, how
could I refuse this opportunity?
--Wendy Carlos / December 2001
Alas, a couple of years later it seems to have been discontinued by someone new at Disney.
Sorry to share such annoying news with you, but we're looking into ways to make definitive copies available again.
Notes Postus Scriptus:
1) Before the final music mixes were made, my score for the Lightcycle Sequence was cut in favor of the sound effects. Big disappointment to me. That was among several sections on the multitrack work tapes that were never completed. We did create a rough demo "outtake" version as a favor for Disney upon the release of the TRON LaserDisk deluxe edition a few years ago (I've just been told it's on the new DVD, too, thanx: Brendan). But there was no time or budget to bring it up to the standards of the rest of the music score, and it does not appear on this new CD. I retain ownership of that section, unused in the actual film, and reworked and expanded it into the opening Scherzo of the "Io" movement from Digital Moonscapes. You should listen to that track (#8) if you want to hear "the definitive version" of this selection. Film composers often do the same thing with their better ideas that remain unused for various reasons. For example, Alex North reworked some unused music he'd written for Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey into several sections of his much later score to Dragonslayer. Can't keep a good idea down!
2) In reaction to many overly emotional (obsessive?) messages being sent over the net, including to us, we've all become quite gun-shy about changing ANYTHING on any remastered album. Only if absolutely necessary. So you will discover that the new TRON CD has all of the original tracks, in the original order (bonus tracks added at the end). Yes, that includes the two Journey songs as before -- there was space, why not? So please don't complain -- just think of the howls if Disney had NOT included them (then again, you can't win, it would appear...). Many filmscore albums I've heard are simply cluttered with tracks of pop songs that were needle dropped into the film, and I do understand how that can be annoying if you want to hear the background score, not what's called "source music." Many of us agree: just the soundtrack score on all albums described as "soundtrack score" albums, QED. But for two songs (one written for the film itself) it's scarcely a biggus dealus (unlike what was done to the end titles...)
3) Since the initial descriptions above this panel were written, we were sent a proof CD by the thoughtful Disney people. I'm happy to say they did a wonderful job, we're all very pleased with it. The new cover graphics, as you can see near the top of this page, are attractive, the liner notes came out fine, and they added the two Journey songs with care, balancing the sound and track spacings to match my final master. It sounds really good, and I think you'll all be please by it. We have nothing to do with this release, you'll have to ask Disney if there are any further questions about it. Thank you Disney, and thank those of you who wrote them and helped stimulate an interest in getting this project done, and done right!
--WC / February 2002
TRON Original Sketch
How two main themes were first created
a surprise for you musicians and composers out there. While
recently searching through some papers saved from the time
of composing the score to TRON, I came across a small sheet
of note paper with a distinctive keyboard decoration along
one edge. Ah yes, I used to keep a pad of this amusing paper
by my bedside, in case I'd think of any ideas I wanted to
save, either shortly before getting to sleep, or when I had
just awaken. The light ink writing on this particular page
(click the thumbnail above for a high res version) is a
particularly important original sketch. It was jotted down
bedside when I was trying to get to sleep late one night
after a long session of composing some themes for the
--Wendy Carlos / May 2003
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