The original soundtrack to the film Machina is the work of Simon Says, who guides a mostly-synthesised collection of instruments into stretched-out passages of tension and moments of beat-driven momentum. The soundtrack is released in a limited and numbered edition of 100 vinyl LPs, on the Dialect label.
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- Machina - Original Soundtrack by Simon Says
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 06 April 2016
No, not EX Machina, just Machina. That other bloody film is ruining any chance of getting some info on the film that this soundtracks, and it’s not like the creator’s website can help either. All it has is a movie poster. Is that all you need nowadays to make an OST? A poster to an imaginary film? An invented director and accompanying website? Who even is ‘Apollo Thomas’ anyway??
Simon Says make a film. He also says other things, musical things, of the deep kosmik synthetic variety. It’s the sort of repetitive synth meditations that Listening Center, Tangerine Dream or Dieter Moebius would have been teased by, echoing expanses and enigmatic main characters. The A side claims to contain multiple tracks but I don’t believe that for a second, it’s like a full suite, a concerto for deep synth. Ok, there’s a jangly guitar towards the end, but for the most part it drifts by on an electronic sunbeam. Over onto the B side and there’s 80s-inspired action engaging as the main character emerges from a neon mist. It’s gone pretty Kurt Russell right now, the chugging guitars signalling some serious macho business. This is followed by a lengthy synth & distortion drone sequence to cushion you to the end.
So yes, these are good cinematic jams that, while served with a few slices of cheese, certainly evoke some widescreen imagery, even if the film doesn’t really exist.
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