One of the most anticipated movies of the summer, Monsters University, is coming out this Friday, June 21, 2013. The Monsters University soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records a few days early, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters University” will feature music from award-winning composer Randy Newman along with Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia. The film will also feature the band Mastodon serenading one the new monsters. Monsters University will follow the short film “The Blue Umbrella,” which features music by composer Jon Brion and vocals by Sarah Jaffe.
“We wanted to capture the college feel in ‘Monsters University,'” said Monsters University director, Scanlon, “and music is a big part of that. The score and the inclusion of other great musicians like Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso [of Swedish House Mafia] and Mastodon help us convey a fun, freewheeling college atmosphere.”
Oscar- Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer/songwriter Newman is back, finishing his seventh Disney-Pixar film. The 20-time Oscar nominee’s wins include “If I Didn’t Have You” for “Monsters, Inc.” and “We Belong Together” for “Toy Story 3.” Newman was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He even created a full Alma Mater titled “Monsters University,” establishing a recurring collegiate theme.
“We recruited the team at Pixar Canada to record the Alma Mater,” said Scanlon. “We needed a giant crowd of crazy monster students to be singing it and the Canada team was great for this-the end result is sort of perfectly ‘off.’ Actually, The First Time we recorded it, it was really good. I had to say, ‘Guys, these are college students at a sporting event, let’s mess it up a little bit.'”
Newman added a unique part to his score by including international drum corps The Blue Devils in an effort to exemplify a collegiate sound. He also incorporated concert band music to contribute to the feeling of being in school.
Newman stated, “There’s a little bit of Brahms’ ‘Academic Festival Overture’ when Mike is riding the pig. I like to think Brahms would be extremely flattered by his inclusion in the score.”
The score was recorded with a 112-piece orchestra and chose to highlight different instruments for different characters. For example, an accordion tune is used to help illustrate the “less-than-cool status” of the Oozma Kappa fraternity, a laid-back shuffle to introduce Sulley, and Mike Wazowski is accompanied by a clarinet that changes as Mike’s character evolves.
Here are the songs features on the Monsters University soundtrack:
1. Main Title
2. Young Michael
3. First Day at MU
4. Dean Hardscrabble
6. Scare Pig
7. Wasted Potential
8. Oozma Kappa
9. Stinging Glow Urchin
10. Field Trip
11. Rise and Shine
12. The Library
14. The Scare Games
15. Did You Do This?
16. Human World
17. The Big Scare
19. Mike and Sulley
20. Monsters University
Are you looking forward to Monsters University’s release this weekend?
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