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One offs

This time on FrameTrax,  we delve into the realm of one-hit wonders, shining a spotlight on composers who achieved extraordinary success with just one memorable score. Join us as we unravel the stories behind some iconic film soundtracks, including those from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Toto’s “Dune,” Brad Fidel’s “The Terminator,” Daft Punk’s “Tron Legacy,” and Nino Rota’s “The Godfather.”

We’ll listen to composers who had limited success after exploding onto the film world scene.  For example, we encounter the pulsating score of “The Terminator,” crafted by Brad Fidel.  Fidel’s electronic-infused soundtrack perfectly captured the futuristic and menacing world of James Cameron’s sci-fi classic. Despite its massive impact, Fidel’s career in film scoring was largely overshadowed by this singular achievement.

In the world of movie scores, there exist composers who made an indelible mark with just one unforgettable composition.  From Wendy Carlos’ “Tron” to John Scott’s “The Final Countdown”, these one-hit wonders left an enduring legacy in the realm of film music. Join us as we continue our exploration of the captivating stories behind the mesmerizing world these of movie scores.





2001: A Space Odyssey

2010: The Year We Make Contact


Tron Legacy

Blue Thunder

The Godfather


Silent Running

The Last Temptation of Christ

The Terminator

The Final Countdown

The Last Starfighter

Apoclypse Now


These are scores by composers who didn’t go on to do much else.  These scores were the one-hit wonder of their careers for one reason or another.  Either they never found success in the film composing world again, or their music was borrowed for a movie, as in the case of 2001.

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