Lakeshore Records will release ALTERED CARBON – Original Netflix Series Soundtrack digitally February 9, 2018. The album features original music by Composer Jeff Russo (STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, FARGO). In addition to the original score, the album includes three songs including a cover of the Johnny Cash standard “Ain’t No Grave” performed by ALTERED CARBON star Renée Elise Goldsberry (Quellcrist Falconer) and Sune Rose Wagner’s performance of White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human”.
Watch the official trailer for Altered Carbon below:
When asked about how he crafted the score for this unique futuristic universe, composer Russo said, “We wanted to play the emotional undercurrent of the story so we decided not to be too on the nose as far as the sci-fi aspect. In ALTERED CARBON, human bodies are interchangeable. So in this story, the idea of playing the core of a person becomes very important. I wanted to make sure to create thematic motifs that could be used to keep track of who was who in the ever-changing landscape of the story.”
Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. In Netflix’s ALTERED CARBON, Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned – on ice – for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.
“The first scene I scored was when Kovacs is brought back to life,” Russo explained. “It seemed appropriate to first work on the scene in which our main character is reborn into the body he would occupy for the series. That also allowed me to showcase the threading of voices throughout the score that would become its cornerstone sound.”
01 Altered Carbon Main Titles
03 Last Stand Kovacs V1
04 Bancroft Shows Kovacs
05 Her Daughter
06 Attacked By Troopers
07 Passing The Book
08 The Patchwork Man
09 Let My Baby Ride – Sune Rose Wagner
10 More Human Than Human – Sune Rose Wagner
11 Ain’t No Grave – Renée Elise Goldsberry
From creator and executive producer Laeta Kalogridis, ALTERED CARBON stars Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Will Yun Lee and Dichen Lachman. The series is executive produced by Kalogridis, James Middleton, Steve Blackman, Nick Hurran, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Ralph Winter, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross.
ALTERED CARBON, produced by Skydance Television, premiered February 2, 2018 on Netflix. Lakeshore Records will release the ALTERED CARBON – Original Netflix Series Soundtrack digitally on February 9, 2018.
About Jeff Russo
Two-time Grammy nominee and Emmy-winning composer Jeff Russo is at the top of his field, scoring varied and compelling music for television, film and video games. Russo won the Emmy and received two additional Emmy nominations for his thrilling and angst-producing score on FX’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series “Fargo.” Russo most recently completed the score for season one of CBS’s reimagining of the iconic cult-classic series “Star Trek: Discovery.” Russo also scored Starz’s “Counterpart,” starring J.K. Simmons, and “Power,” produced by Curtis Jackson “50 Cent,” as well FX’s hit series, “Legion,” based on Marvel Comic’s “X-Men,” starring Dan Ste-vens and Aubrey Plaza.
Additionally, Russo scored HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated series “The Night Of,” starring John Turturro, FX’s John Singleton series, “Snowfall,” Netflix’s original show, “Altered Carbon,” and Annapurna Interactive’s indie video game, “What Remains of Edith Finch.” Russo also composed the music for Jon Avnet’s film “Three Christs,” starring Richard Gere, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and Craig Macneill’s film, “Lizzie,” starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Russo began his music career in 1990, after founding his rock band TONIC. The group quickly achieved great success and in 2003, received two Grammy nominations, one for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for “Take Me As I Am,” and one for “Best Rock Album.” The band was a great showcase for Russo’s guitar work and songwriting that allowed him to branch out and begin his solo career in producing and composing.
Beyond his recent success in composing, Jeff created the iconic musical themes for series including Spike’s “Tut,” starring Ben Kingsley, and USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness,” starring Callie Thorne and John Stamos. Jeff collaborated with Zoe Keating on both WGN’s “Manhattan” and A&E Network’s “The Returned.”
According to Variety Magazine, “Jeff Russo understands how music can affect an audience. When music is employed, he sees it as an enhancement to character development, and is careful to create music that subtly flows with the action and the visuals of the scene.” Russo has composed music for the New York Ballet Company Cedar Lake Ensemble.
About Skydance Television
Skydance Media’s rapidly growing and critically acclaimed television division is now a leading supplier of premium scripted content to broadcast, cable, and digital platforms alike. Its diverse slate of original series currently includes the Emmy-nominated Grace and Frankie on Netflix, Altered Carbon on Netflix, Jack Ryan on Amazon, Condor on AT&T Audience Network and Dietland on AMC.