‘Circus of Machines,’ one of the tracks composed by Daniel Pemberton for awards contender Steve Jobs, is an operatic piece performed last month at the World Soundtrack Awards during the 42nd Ghent Film Festival in Belgium. For those who couldn’t be there, here’s recently posted video of the piece, conducted by Dirk Brossé and performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, the Flemish Radio Choir & soloists Hanne Roos and Piet Vansichen.
British composer Pemberton, who won 2014’s World Soundtrack Discovery of the Year, landed his first Hollywood gig for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, a movie you might have missed – though it caught the attention of Guy Ritchie and Danny Boyle, among others. Pemberton’s style blended original sound design with traditional orchestration to establish The Counselor‘s gritty noir mood. Boyle thought Pemberton’s style was a perfect fit for portraying the trippy, hyper mindset and acerbic personality of Apple’s co-founder.
Keeping his eyes and ears on the 1984 era in which the Mac computer was launched, Pemberton combined analog technology and synthesizers such as the Yamaha and Roland SH-1000 that were popular during the same period. Pemberton described the sound for the film as “almost nostalgic, but it’s a vision of the future.” Enjoy.