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Soundtrack review: RS 1281 (Quasarsonic – 2015)

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Soundtrack review: RS 1281 (Quasarsonic – 2015)


In a future where the human race has self-destructed, the survival of the race depends on an android named RS-1281 who must evaluate Duedan as a human. It’s sort of a reversed “Bicentennial man”. This short film is very though provoking and I enjoyed it. A short score was released and it was written by Quasar Sonic.

One of the best qualities a film music score can have for me is nostalgia value. I can’t help it and I’m sure most of you feel the same way. If a sound or an image reminds you of something dear from the past, of your childhood or of your favorite times you become biased and put that thing on a pedestal. Me, I immerse myself in the sweet river of memories the respective sound brings and the experience of listening to the score becomes ten times more rewarding. As I’ve said countless times, my softest spot lies with the 80s synth music. Whenever a score brings back that dark and addictive sound I am hypnotized and as soon as RS-1281 started I saw my earliest memories of “The terminator”. Welcome back, old friend! Welcome back metallic echoes and sweet electronic pulses! Welcome back, atmospheric delight. I’ve been waiting for you…

I hadn’t heard of QuasarSonic until not but I will surely look for more of his or her or their music. This score is simple and extraordinary. Not only does it bring the echoes of Brad Fiedel’s masterpiece but more specifically it brings back to me the emotion from the ending of those movies. This short film is about a machine deciding what’s human and what isn’t so the composer put enough emotion in his music to move me, to make me think, to try and convince me. This isn’t the cold and evil sound of machines taking over. This is the sound of a human heart trying to melt that metal ally. There’s hope in the sound of the desolate future which to me echoes my wonderful past.

For me, this was a perfect score and one of the best of the year. I will keep it close and listen to it whenever I need that shot of dark nostalgia. This was one amazing score.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 11 / 11

Album excellence: 100%


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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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