Silicon Cowboys Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the documentary score Silicon Cowboys by Ian Hultquist.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 92.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 24.8
Album Excellence: 67%
Silicon Cowboys is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Jason Cohen. Launched in 1982 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many had tried cloning the industry leader’s code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers. SILICON COWBOYS explores the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today. Directed by Oscar®-nominated director Jason Cohen, the film offers a fresh look at the explosive rise of the 1980’s PC industry and is a refreshing alternative to the familiar narratives of Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg. The score is composed by Ian Hultquist.
I was a computer geek back in the 80s. Of course for the first half, I was more into other people’s computers because I didn’t have one, but then I did and it was awesome. My school also had some, IBM’s mostly of course. Anyway, it’s a subject I love to read about and this is definitely a documentary I’ll check out when it’s out. How do you score the computer revolution? Maybe like Paul Haslinger did it recently with his score for Halt And Catch Fire. That was excellent by the way. Hultquist takes a little different, more modern approach. ‘Intro’ is a millisecond away from being a pure dance track, but it has a calmness in it and there’s a great little theme as well. It feels powerful, inventive and fun. ‘The New Alternative’ might be a little too “preppy”, but I certainly enjoy it. I’m thinking though that there can’t be a lot of talking on these tracks unless they are very subdued in the background in which case I think that’s sad, because this is music that should be loud.
I like cues like ‘The Diner’ and ‘Decoding’ the most. It’s a more calming experience, but it has a lovely sound to it. The synth music is working well in conjunctions with technology and computers. There’s also a cue by Sofia Hultquist called ‘Motherboard’ which is very good and in sync with what Ian Hultquist is creating. I like this score quite a lot and this music, even though it doesn’t have the retro feel like Haslinger’s score, feel “right” for this era and technology and computers in particular. Give it a try!
4. The Diner
5. Big Bad Blue
9. The Race Is On
16. The Gang Of Nine
17. The Chairman
18. The Founder