Varèse Sarabande will release the ONLY THE BRAVE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on October 20 and on CD on November 17, 2017. The album features the original music composed by Joseph Trapanese (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, OBLIVION).
“After two films and unique scores together, Joseph Kosinski and I knew we wanted to create something special for our third film,” said Trapanese. “When I started writing, I knew I wanted the music to feel incredibly human and vulnerable.”
It’s not what stands in front of you… it’s who stands beside you. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the nation. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.
About the music for Only the Brave
“I wanted the music to feel like you were in someone’s bedroom listening to them play for you, as if these characters were right next you telling their story,” Trapanese described. “We made a deliberate choice to feature one theme, the Hotshot theme, that grows and changes alongside our characters throughout the film. Joe and I built something simple and direct, a theme that drives right into the heart of the audience and creates a direct emotional connection to our story.”
To achieve this, Trapanese began with organic instruments. “Because we didn’t use any synthesizers, I had to be incredibly inventive with the recording and processing of acoustic instruments. I would often record at a higher sample rate so we could play back the audio one, two, sometimes even three octaves down, with minimal loss in fidelity. Also, a lot of the instruments were recorded with microphones placed far away from the musicians. I didn’t want to microscopically focus on the individual instruments; rather, I want the audience to feel as if they are in a sacred space with musicians telling them this beautiful, heartbreaking story.”
About composer Joseph Trapanese
Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek, ominous score work for blockbuster films like Tron: Legacy, Straight Outta Compton, Oblivion, and the “Raid” series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with a number of mainstream musical acts. His first major break came in 2010 when he worked with Daft Punk on the sweeping digital soundtrack to Disney’s Tron reboot/sequel. Trapanese followed that success by creating a score with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park for the American release of the 2011 Indonesian martial arts film The Raid: Redemption (he would continue without Shinoda in 2014 with “The Raid 2”). That same year, he helped with arrangements on a handful of tracks for M83’s breakthrough hit “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming,” which led to the pair’s collaboration on the 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi epic Oblivion. In the studio and in concert, in addition to Daft Punk, M83, and Moby, he has worked with Dr. Dre, Zedd, Kelly Clarkson, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, The Glitch Mob, Active Child, Halsey, Sohn, John Newman, Dia Frampton, 3OH!3, Steven Price, and James Newton Howard.
Sony Pictures presents ONLY THE BRAVE in theaters on October 20, 2017. Varèse Sarabande will release the ONLY THE BRAVE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on October 20 and on CD on November 17, 2017.