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If you’re like me, despite the new MORTAL KOMBAT looking like one hell of a fun time at the movies, you were missing that signature song from the 1995 film that became the party anthem for all Mortal Kombat fans. “Techno Syndrome” may very well be more popular than the film itself and it could be why some of us are a bit blinded in terms of the film’s actual quality (“but that song though!”). Well, fear not Mortal Kombat fans, the details have been released for the new Mortal Kombat soundtrack, and “Techno Syndrome” is very much alive but with a 2021 twist.
The Mortal Kombat (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) contains an all-new score by Golden Globe-, Emmy-, and Grammy-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch and Wallfisch is also responsible for “Techno Syndrome 2021 (Mortal Kombat).” The track is an homage to the theme that became such a signature song for fans of the first film and the video games themselves while also putting his own fresh spin on the music for a new audience. The track was produced and performed by Wallfisch and mixed and mastered by Tom Norris. Director Simon McQuoid explains what it was like working on the score and the new version of “Techno Syndrome”:
“Ben and I both knew that we needed to use the classic Immortals track ‘Techno Syndrome’ as source material for the entire score of ‘Mortal Kombat.’ But along with that, we knew that an updated, elevated version of the song also needed to be created, and Ben certainly delivered. I am so excited by this new 2021 version of the track; when I first heard it, it blew my mind. Actually, Ben kind of blew my mind on a daily basis through the making of this film, so we can all thank Benjamin Wallfisch for his genius and passion in creating ‘Techno Syndrome 2021.”
Benjamin Wallfisch elaborated on his work on the soundtrack by saying “When I was invited to come on board ‘Mortal Kombat,’ I was very aware of the responsibility that comes with scoring a franchise so deeply embedded in pop culture and with such a passionate fanbase. My first question was what can we do with ‘Techno Syndrome,’ a piece of music so much part of the DNA of the game and the original movies? What motifs could be reinvented and blown up to a full-scale symphonic sound world in the score, and might there be room for a full reinvention of the whole song as an EDM single in 2021? A huge thank you to The Immortals for giving us their blessing to reimagine their classic track in this way, as a celebration of the world of Mortal Kombat and its fans, and of the uplifting power of Electronic Dance Music, which the original did so much to light the fuse of 30 years ago.”
The Mortal Kombat (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is set for release on April 16, 2021, and features 24 tracks by Wallfisch, who interpreted the film’s themes and emphasized the story’s hard-driving, visceral action through his music. Fans will be thrilled to hear the composer’s heart-pumping score, which includes themes for such characters as Lord Raiden, Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Cole Young, Shang Tsung, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao, among others, and epic battle themes from the film, including “Kano v Reptile” and “Sub-Zero v Cole Young.”
Even though the soundtrack isn’t out until April 16, “Techno Syndrome 2021 (Mortal Kombat)” is available now and can be found on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, and the iTunes Store. Did YOU like the 2021 take on “Techno Syndrome?”
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