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Soundtrack - The Commuter : A great and Original Score by Composer Roque Baños

  • 12 janvier 2018

    Varèse Sarabande will release THE COMMUTER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on January 19, 2018 and on CD February 26, 2018. The album features original music composed by Roque Baños (DON’T BREATHE, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA).

    “The director Jaume Collet-Serra was great to work with,” said Baños when asked about his experiences on the film. “Jaume gave me total freedom to develop the music. His only direction was to create patterns in the music that evoke a commuter’s everyday routine. I did that in the main theme actually, which is a repetition of a small phrase with little variations.”

    Insurance salesman Michael (Liam Neeson) is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train.

    “I used a traditional line-up of instruments including piano, strings, brass, and percussion,” said Baños. “On top of all of those amazing musicians, I also incorporated an unusual instrument - the train horn. It gives personality to the score, and it put's the train as a central character in the movie. The train has it's own theme, played by this train horn, giving the sound a character that could only be THE COMMUTER.”

    Track listings:
    01 - A Commuter's Trip (5:02)
    02 - Back Home Down (4:33)
    03 - One Little Thing (3:17)
    04 - They Are Watching You (2:50)
    05 - Murdered For Help (4:10)
    06 - Zone 7 Tickets (4:21)
    07 - A Suspicious Man (2:02)
    08 - The Seek Starts (3:45)
    09 - A Beautiful Family (4:17)
    10 - Moving Vagons (4:34)
    11 - Do Not Stop The Train (4:02)
    12 - Finding The Witness (4:32)
    13 - The Train Wreck (4:36)
    14 - I Won't Let Them Hurt You (9:02)
    15 - Who Is Prince? (5:42)
    16 - The End Of The Line (5:01)

    Lionsgate and StudioCanal present THE COMMUTER in theaters on January 12, 2018. Varèse Sarabande will release THE COMMUTER – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on January 19 and CD February 26, 2018

    Roque Baños was born in Jumilla (Murcia) in 1968. He began his musical education at the age of 9, at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia, where he finished elementary level, obtaining Honors in both Music Theory and Saxophone. In 1986, he moved to Madrid, where he completed his studies at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, with honors and several merits mentions. In 1993, he received a grant from the Ministry of Culture in Spain to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in the fields of Film Scoring and Performance in 1995, receiving the Robert Share Award for demonstrating the highest musical-dramatic level in the area of film music composition, and an achievement award for his outstanding performance abilities. During his studies in Madrid, Roque earned a position as an officer musician in the Spanish Army, where he developed an intense compositional period writing concert music for Marching Band and Chamber ensembles. He also became an accomplished classical saxophonist, performing in a number of concert halls in Spain and abroad, premiering works by Spanish and foreign composers as well as his own. His path, however, was always directed more towards composition and conducting. He has premiered and directed his own scores at the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Reina Sofia Auditorium, the Cultural Circle of Fine Arts Hall, and several Music Halls in Spain and abroad. In 1997 Roque wrote his first film score "Back Roads" directed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro, one of the most acclaimed directors in Spain. Since then, he has worked with many of Spain’s most renowned directors, such as Alex de la Iglesia, Daniel Monzon, Carlos Saura, and Santiago Segura, to name a few. Roque’s first US production "Evil Dead," directed by Fede Alvarez (with whom he has a close personal and professional relationship), has opened a door to the American market. He has earned international recognition working with international directors like Terry Gilliam, Ron Howard, Kevin Reynolds, Spike Lee, Jonathan Glazor, and Brad Anderson, splitting time between Los Angeles and Spain. His latest films include “The Commuter” directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, “Miracle Season” by Sean McNamara, “Yucatan” by Daniel Monzón, “Sin Rodeos” by Santiago Segura, and “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” directed by Terry Gilliam, all to be release in 2018.

    Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, and Brian Tyler. Varèse Sarabande releases deluxe and expanded editions of special soundtracks for the film music aficionado. The Varèse Vintage imprint specializes in releasing new and re-issued albums by classic pop, jazz and country artists. Varèse Sarabande Records is distributed by Universal Music Group.

    The Commuter
    Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
    Produced by Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman
    Screenplay by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi, Ryan Engle
    Story by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi
    Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, Sam Neill
    Music by Roque Baños
    Cinematography : Paul Cameron
    Edited by Nicolas de Toth
    Production companies : Ombra Films, StudioCanal, The Picture Company
    Distributed by Lionsgate, StudioCanal
    Release date : January 12, 2018 (United States), January 19, 2018 (United Kingdom), January 24 2018 (France)
    Running time : 105 minutes
    Country : France, United States

    Photos: Copyright Studiocanal GmbH

    (Source: US press release)