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Terminator 2: Judgement Day music by Brad Fidel

01/11/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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pub: Silva Screen Records SILCD 1337. 1 CD 53 minutes 20 tracks. Price: GBP 10.99 (UK).

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The musical score for the 1992 film ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ hasn’t been available for some time. The last time was 1997. Now, it’s back, baby. Together with a twelve page booklet with an explanation from composer Brad Fidel of how he was literally composing over night and then having to go back over it to ensure the beats matched any modification director Jim Cameron made to the film cut. This booklet also has a superb photo of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor that you will want in your collection.

The music was composed on two Fairlight Computer Musical Instruments with electric violinist Russ Levinson adding solos. Listening to this re-mastered CD, it’s hard to believe it’s been nineteen years since the film came out. Even Fidel points out that the way the music was added to the film cut is primitive compared to how it’s done digitally these days.

Many of these tracks are actually quite short. Literally teasers to build tension in the scenes. You can’t mistake the chases when the T1000 turns up which are quite different to that of the T800 and Sarah Connor themes.

I’ve commented that music away from the film should be treated as a different animal because you’re not really cued in to their purpose within the film. This soundtrack works equally well. Your ears will perk up with certain tracks and start running cos the T1000 is chasing you and these carry the rest.

Make no mistake, people are going to buy this CD simply because it’s to do with ‘The Terminator’, so why should you be any different? Although Fidel suggests playing it loud in a car will frighten everyone around, it is equally effective at home. My neighbours are huddling in a corner somewhere.

GF Willmetts

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