Holkenborg is also scoring the upcoming Point Break remake as well as Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and in a press release regarding his work on the Mad Max score we learn he utilized nearly 200 instruments — everything from beating drums to sweeping strings and electric guitar-driven operatic themes — for the score and for the film’s lighter moments, he studied Hollywood’s Golden Age channeling a Bernard Herman-esque sound with driving strings and woodwinds.
“When you’re watching the film, you’re in a world that has gone completely mad,” Holkenborg said. “Everything we know about society is out of the window. It’s so out of this world crazy that it felt like the sum of the previous three movies. To capture this, the music couldn’t be a standard action score. It needed to be incredibly over the top to fit the imagery, almost as if it were a modern rock opera. The score includes almost everything in a composer’s arsenal. The instrumentation ranges from big, brutal percussion and an 80-voice choir, with string sections and musical sound design, and everything in between. I used anything I could get my hands on.”
[amz asin=”B00UART6C6″ size=”small”]Holkenborg’s previous film work includes Divergent, 300: Rise of an Empire and Run All Night. Check out the Mad Max: Fury Road tracklisting below and listen to “Escape” below that. The score will be available for purchase three days before the film hits theaters on May 15.
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