Scoring the Mind Puzzling “Escape Room”, An Interview with Composer John Carey

TVOvermind | 1/24/2016 | Dan Moore
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What starts out as a game to possibly win $10,000 quickly becomes anything but a game as the players begin to die off one by one. As the participants make their way through an intricate Minos Escape Room, their goal quickly becomes one thing, survival. This is the premise of Adam Robitel’s latest psychological horror/thriller, Escape Room, starring Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, and Nik Dodani. Adding to the twist and turns is the original score by composers John Carey and Brian Tyler. We decided to speak with John in the below exclusive interview about constructing the score for the film.

-When you began work on Escape Room what was one of the first things you did?

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The first thing Brian and I did was create a 4-minute main theme piece for the film that would represent Minos, the evil organization pulling all the strings. Part of the process of working on that theme involved us creating a palette of sounds that would be our sonic “library” for the rest of the movie. This was when we really leaned into creating a unique sonic universe for the film so that we would have a pretty strong direction to move in once we started working on the actual scenes. It was then that we decided that we wanted to take the approach of recording gritty, non-musical mechanical sounds and noises and implementing them musically and rhythmically to give the score a machine-like quality to mimic the machine nature of the escape rooms.

-What was one of your first initial impressions of Adam Robitel, the director, as a filmmaker?

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Adam was a thrill to work with. He had lots of goals in mind for the movie and for the score, and he was great at relaying all of that to...
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