Formula 1 is delighted to announce the very first “Official F1 Theme”, composed by renowned Hollywood composer Brian Tyler. It was recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Air Studios in London three weeks ago, with the final mix at Tyler’s Los Angeles studio. The Official F1 Theme will premiere this weekend during the first race of the season, the Formula 1 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
It’s the first time that the pinnacle of motorsport has its official anthem, which will open the live international TV feed before each Grand Prix.
Formula 1 chose Tyler not just for his outstanding curriculum, he is one of the film world’s most successful composers, but also for his extraordinary passion for the sport.
Born in California in 1978, Tyler came from a creative family. His father was an Academy Award winner art director and his grandmother an accomplished pianist. Growing up he taught himself to play more than 30 instruments, ranging from drums to bouzouki, and still found the time to attend the universities of California and Harvard. Along the way Tyler developed an abiding passion for motor sport and in particular for the sport’s ultimate expression, Formula 1. For someone based on the US’s west coast it was truly a labour of love, with Tyler rising at ungodly hours to follow qualifying and the races.
Brian, 39, who is also known as DJ Masonick, had composed iconic movie scores for the following films: Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron; Thor: The Dark World; Assassin’s Creed 4 – Dark World; Eagle Eye; Fast & the Furious – Tokyo Drift; Aliens vs Predators; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Furious 7; XXX: Return of Xander Cage; The Fate of the Furious; and many more.
Brian Tyler said:
“When I started writing the music for the Formula 1 theme I thought there needed to be some character of the cars. Musically, these engines make a beautiful noise when they fly by you. I went out to a race and just being there in person, and having them go down the straight there’s that kind of Doppler Effect as they go by [the change in frequency of sound as the cars scream past]. That was amazing, so we turned the Formula 1 engines into a choir, literally using the engines, making part of the music with the cars. It’s not a sound effect; it’s notes within the music. I wrote around these fantastic car sounds, howling Formula 1 engines with brass and strings and drums and all sorts of different instruments. The full power of the orchestra going alongside the Formula 1 engines, it’s like they become part of the music.”
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