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Rememory by Gregory Tripi (Review)

posted Sep 14, 2017, 11:55 AM by Kaya Savas

Rememory is a high concept thriller about a scientist who is murdered after developing a device that can extract your memories so you can re-experience them. A man named Sam Bloom takes it upon himself to solve the murder by looking at memories from people who knew the scientist, and of course finds a conspiracy that slowly unravels. The film itself is nothing to write home about, and thankfully within this misfire we do have a score that seems to have found a way to shine. Composer Gregory Tripi is probably more well known for his work with Cliff Martinez. He has served as Martinez’s score producer and additional composer on a number of scores. For Rememory, you can expect a score that does incorporate atmospheric synths but also lots of rhythms and melodic structures that keep you hooked all the way through.

The whole score truly does feel like a journey inside the brain. The electronic sparks and synthy drones feel like neurons firing, and it's building a picture in your head. There’s even moments of some true organic emotion that utilize strings, and in those moments we feel this rush that’s comparable to looking at a photo from the past of something beautiful or happy. Tripi somehow makes sense of the wildly chaotic plot of the film to find an emotional current. While synthscape scores are kind of the rage these days after Stranger Things, this one feels feels unique. There’s something really engaging and engrossing about how the music takes us on a journey and slowly reveals things to us. And the climax and resolution are quite noteworthy for standing out.

Rememory is a wonderful synthscape score. Gregory Tripi puts on display some fantastic narrative structure that really grabs you and lets the music work you over. If you think the style and sound would be similar to Cliff Martinez given Tripi’s close collaborative relationship with Cliff, don’t worry. This isn’t some Martinez knock-off score. Tripi really explores his own voice as a storyteller to give us fantastic melodic builds, electronic textures, and emotionally driven strings. While the film itself is a misfire, somehow the score managed to find the true core of the story and flesh it out surprisingly well. This one is definitely worth your time.