Milan Records will be releasing a new deluxe reissue of Brad Fiedel’s score to the 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator. This two-LP, remastered for vinyl and supervised and mixed by Fiedel, will be released on April 8 and is now available for pre-order via ArtistArena. A digital download of the two-LP album will also be provided with purchase. This marks the first time Fiedel’s score to the first Terminator film will be available since the 1995 release on Edel AG of The Definitive Edition; the original soundtrack album released on Enigma Records, also out-of-print, featured a truncated score, as well as incidental music also featured in the film – these tracks will not be available on the Milan Records reissue, focusing entirely on Fiedel’s complete score.
Milan Records specializes in soundtrack albums, having released in 2015 a reissue of the late Basil Poledouris’ full score to 1987’s RoboCop, also long out-of-print. Nicolas Winding Refn – director of such movies as Drive, Valhalla Rising, and Bronson – executive produced both reissues.
The score to The Terminator was originally composed and produced entirely by Fiedel on synthesized instruments, utilizing many industrial and percussive sound effects; the signature theme featured an unusual 13/16 time signature (adjusted to 6/8 on Terminator 2: Judgment Day and in later iterations). Ross Levison had provided electroic violin on the score. His last major score contribution to Hollywood was 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic.
Currently, Fiedel is developing several theatrical and cinematic projects via the internet, including a one-man musical titled Borrowed Time. In 2014 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Terminator, Fiedel held a contest via the internet for people to perform original renditions of his iconic theme using unconventional instruments.