Lakeshore Records has released Lorne Balfe’s highly-anticipated score toTetris—Score From The Apple Original Film, available now digitally worldwide. The GRAMMY-winning composer is known for such scores as Top Gun: Maverick and the recent Dungeons and Dragons. See the album track list, streaming link and film trailer below.
Balfe creates a taut, vintage electronic backdrop incorporating use of a classic Fairlight CMI for the historical thriller that recounts the introduction of the pioneering video game. The Apple Original Film starring Taron Edgerton is streaming now on Apple TV+.
Says Balfe: “I wanted the score to take the audience back into the era where the story was set. The 80’s was an age for major progress in politics and technology which is a key focus in the film. The music shows obvious 80’s influences throughout, which was such a delight for me personally as I consider it the golden age of music. I couldn’t have achieved this sound without enlisting the help of 80’s music legends; Phil Harding (Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Depeche Mode, East 17 and Erasure), Stephen Lipson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda, Pet Shop Boys), Roger Bolton (Peter Gabriel, Malcolm McLaren), J. J. Jeczalik (The Art of Noise). I also got the opportunity to experiment with the Fairlight CMI III on this score which was utterly nostalgic and will most certainly be appreciated by all the film music buffs out there.”
01. Falling Blocks
02. Cutting Corners
03. Building Blocks
04. Tetrominoes (feat. Joshua Pacey)
05. Down It Goes
06. Liar Liar
08. The Matrix
10. Orange Rocky
11. Floor Kick
12. Hard Drop
13. Back To Bach
14. Line Up
15. Telling Lies
16. Blue Ricky
17. Shift It
18. Tilting Tiles
19. Shifting Shapes
20. Rhode Island Z
22. Cleveland Z
23. Lock Down
25. Deep Thoughts
ABOUT LORNE BALFE
GRAMMY-winning, and EMMY & BAFTA-nominated composer Lorne Balfe has created music in virtually all genres and for all visual media with projects ranging from major studio to independent films, tent pole video game franchises, beloved animated feature films, critically acclaimed television series, and documentary features.
Originally from Inverness, Scotland, Lorne’s love of music and writing was evident from an early age. His childhood home had a residential recording studio where the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Inner Circle would record – the latter of which he serendipitously worked with for his score to BAD BOYS FOR LIFE.
As early as eight years-old, Lorne began writing and selling his composed “jingles” for advertisements, and at the age of thirteen he auditioned to be a percussionist with the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, becoming their youngest member, and traveled around Scotland with them professionally. It became clear to Lorne that he wanted to become a film composer and in his late teens he started writing letters to other composers in the hope of an opportunity. It was then he decided to move to the U.S., and soon his exceptional career took off.
Consistently receiving accolades for his musical compositions, he received critical acclaim for his score in the most successful film of the Mission Impossible franchise, Writer/Director Christopher McQuarrie’s MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT (Paramount Pictures) and has been announced as the composer of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 & 8.
Balfe worked on the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated TOP GUN: MAVERICK (Paramount), which garnered 1.488 Billion in the global box office. Lorne served as Score Producer and contributed to the score alongside Hans Zimmer, Harold Faltermeyer, and Lady Gaga.
He recently composed the music for the highly praised LUTHER: FALLEN SUN (Netflix), the continuation to the beloved BBC series, and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES (Paramount) based on the much beloved and celebrated tabletop game.
Other notable credits include BLACK WIDOW (Disney/Marvel), AMBULANCE (Universal), JUNGLELAND (Paramount), THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (Warner Bros), and the Oscar nominated film THE FLORIDA PROJECT (A24). Coming up Lorne’s work will be heard in ARGYLLE directed by Matthew Vaughn.
In addition to his work with Christopher McQuarrie, Lorne has worked with many of the most prestigious directors in the industry including Christopher Nolan, Ron Howard, Michael Bay, Cate Shortland, Ang Lee, Christophe Waltz, Jerry Bruckheimer, Sean Baker, and Chris McKay.