Mr. Robot Vol. 4 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Mr. Robot Vol. 4 by Mac Quayle.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 91.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 40.8
Album Excellence: 65.8%
Mr. Robot is a 2015 American drama thriller television series created by Sam Esmail and starring Rami Malek, Christian Slater & Portia Doubleday. Young, anti-social computer programmer Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer during the day, but at night he is a vigilante hacker. He is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackers to join their organization. Elliot’s task? Help bring down corporate America, including the company he is paid to protect, which presents him with a moral dilemma. Although he works for a corporation, his personal beliefs make it hard to resist the urge to take down the heads of multinational companies that he believes are running — and ruining — the world. The Volume 4 score is composed by Mac Quayle.
This is the the prime example of how to deal with and release television scores. Volumes after volumes appear with more music from this award winning television show. It also helps that the music is pretty great as well. For me, it feels better in context than it does on album, but I love listening to the albums themselves. It does put me into that universe, but doesn’t bring back certain scenes or memories. Part of that is because I have only seen season 1 so far. The music hasn’t changed much between volumes, but I don’t know how they are built up or what season each volume represents so there could easily be music mixed from different scenes, episodes or seasons.
The music is great though. You can have retro inspired music like ‘2.5_1-H4ndshake.oga’ or more laid back ambiance in ‘2.5_2-Being-Gods.opus’ but there’s one thing that’s consistent and it’s the electronic music. You won’t find much in the way of orchestral sound in these volume 4, or any volume for that matter. I just think the musical expression of Quayle is excellent for this show. Like I’ve mentioned, it works brilliantly in context and when you hear it on album, there’s perhaps less of a link between the show and the music, but the electronic signature is still there. You could probably try to link up other mainly electronic composers like Trent Reznor or Cliff Martinez, but they all have their own "sound" and style. Plus it’s geeky and I love geeking out just watching the awesome cover art and looking at the ridiculous cue names. I feel like a 16 year old again wanting to be a hacker taking over the world. I guess that never happened, but no need as we have Mr. Robot.