12.06.2017

When the Tomorrowland Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album was released on May 18, 2015, it contained only 73 minutes of the original score composed by Michael Giacchino for the film. 

As frequently happens in the film music community, an anonymous source has leaked the (nearly) complete soundtrack for Michael Giacchino's original Tomorrowland score.

The full track titles were initially discovered on the ASCAP website by an observant fan on the John Williams Fan Network forums, just prior to the leaked music files appearing online as recently as last month.

Whatever vigilant insider leaked these tracks, they somewhat curiously titled their release "recording sessions", although its contents appear to more accurately reflect extractions from the editing process. While these tracks do contain most of the music featured in the film, along with some fantastic bonus mixes and alternates, there was most certainly more music recorded for the various iterations of the edit through the course of post-production. 

The soundtrack completists over at Chrono-Score have done a great job breaking down what is included across the various releases, as well as which pieces are mislabeled, remixed, and missing. The reason for a few of those mislabelings can likely be attributed to the re-recordings done for the film's reshoots, which shuffled many sequences, particularly in the first act.

Here's our (ongoing) analysis of everything included in the sessions, and how they compare to the original album release and the film itself.

UPDATE: Links removed at the request of the composer.

In researching this music, we made a surprising discovery about the film:

There are two (slightly different) versions of Tomorrowland currently in official circulation. The Theatrical and Blu-ray versions of the film use the original recording sessions version of the track "Pins of a Feather" underneath the bioluminescent tree scene, while the Digital / Streaming & DVD versions of the film use the album version. (Which features an alternate intro that is also present as a separate track on the recording sessions release.) These are entirely different compositions, each lending a different tone to the scene. To illustrate, here is our video comparison of the two versions:


Ultimately, the album version ramps more dramatically into the final suite — with a reprise of the Plus Ultra theme — while the original theatrical cut lends a more dire gravity to their predicament. Both are great pieces of music, but having two versions of the movie floating around depending on the format is ... mildly confusing. 

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