Tyler Bates’ ‘The Belko Experiment’ Score Drives Tension

Tyler Bates is no stranger to scoring memorable films, and The Belko Experiment seems to be another movie in which the music will take an important role in setting the mood.

The soundtrack and the film are releasing on the same day: Friday, March 17.

Bates has scored some of the biggest movies of the decade including John Wick and Guardians of the Galaxy. When the opportunity presented itself to score Greg McLean’s corporate horror story, he says it was a no-brainer.

“I read the script several years ago when James Gunn wrote it, but once Greg McLean showed me a cut of the film, it sparked an interesting approach to scoring it than I had previously imagined: disturbing and emotional, yet non-orchestral,” Bates described. “Greg kept the incredibly dark sense of humor beneath the violence, which in turn kept me focused on the narrative.”

The Belko Experiment was written by Guardians of Galaxy screenwriter James Gunn, follows 80 employees locked in their corporate high-rise given the choice to kill their co-workers or die themselves via a small explosive embedded in their brains.

Bates says, “I first addressed the initial ‘lock-down’ sequence to establish an interesting tonal approach as the characters are initially shocked, then panicked, descending into denial, and ultimately transitioning into survival mode.That particular sequence is where the seeds of story-telling through the music are planted.”

In addition to the musical score, the film also contains some haunting renditions of old favorites such as “California Dreamin’ (Latin)” performed by Gabriela Terán and “Yo Vivire (I Will Survive)” performed by José Prieto.

Orion Pictures presents The Belko Experiment in theaters on March 17, 2017.

Lakeshore Records will release The Belko Experiment – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD March 17, 2017.