Bob Dylan, The Libertines to be featured on ‘Steve Jobs’ soundtrack

Back Lot Music will release the soundtrack album for Steve Jobs, the new film from Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle and Academy Award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin, on October 9th – with the album pre-sale available now on iTunes and Amazon. The Steve Jobs Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features new music by Award-winning composer Daniel Pemberton, as well as two iconic tracks from Bob Dylan, and songs by The Libertines and the Maccabees.

Universal Pictures’ Steve Jobs, which stars Michael Fassbender as the pioneering founder of Apple, will be released in New York and Los Angeles on October 9th. The film will expand to additional North American markets on October 16th and wide on October 23rd.

Prior to the beginning of principal photography, Pemberton worked alongside the filmmakers to develop a unique approach to composing the music for the three distinct periods of time depicted in Steve Jobs. What they’ve created is a symphonic tour de force with three distinguishable aural points of view to complement the film’s narrative arc:

The first movement, set in 1984, expresses the optimism of Jobs’ first product launch, the Macintosh. Restricting himself to equipment of the time and embracing their limitations, Pemberton utilized what is now technology of the past – synthesizers such as the Yamaha CS-80, Roland SH-1000, Roland Juno-60, and Moog Minimoog – to reflect that era’s visions of the future, while still creating a sound world that would sit comfortably alongside Sorkin’s dialogue and Boyle’s direction.

The second movement, set in 1988 at the San Francisco Opera House, sees the unveiling of the NeXTcube with a theatrical orchestral fantasia. With composed, large-scale operatic pieces, elaborate emotional transformations of a simple tuning-up sequence, and a dramatic symphony, the score reflects both Jobs the conductor and ringmaster – as well as a man focused on revenge.

The more reflective, internal, and emotional third movement takes us to 1998 with Jobs’ unveiling of the iMac, and echoes the various ways in which we utilize computers as we know them today. “Today, I write pretty much everything I do on an Apple machine descended, in part, from that iMac,” said Pemberton. “I use a piece of Apple software called Logic. I can write music, manipulate sounds, produce recordings, and express myself as an artist without ever leaving the computer.”

Pemberton is an Ivor Novello Award-winning and multi-BAFTA-nominated composer who is well known for embracing a wide range of musical mediums – from electronic to orchestral – throughout his work. After more than a decade establishing himself as one of the most inventive and experimental voices in British television, Pemberton moved into the world of film with the period supernatural thriller The Awakening. His hybrid choral, orchestral, and electronic score caught the ear of Ridley Scott, who hired the composer to score The Counselor. He collaborated again with Scott on the director’s foray into television, The Vatican. In 2014, Pemberton won the Discovery of the Year Award at the prestigious World Soundtrack Awards for his work on Cuban Fury and The Counselor. This year has seen the release of Pemberton’s acclaimed soundtrack to Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E.


Track Listing: (all tracks by Daniel Pemberton, unless otherwise noted):

  1. The Musicians Play Their Instruments…
  2. It’s Not Working
  3. Child (Father)
  4. Jack It Up
  5. The Circus of Machines I (Overture)
  6. Russian Roulette
  7. Change the World
  8. The Skylab Plan
  9. Don’t Look Back Into the Sun – The Libertines
  10. …I Play The Orchestra
  11. The Circus of Machines II (Allegro)
  12. Revenge
  13. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan
  14. It’s An Abstract
  15. Life Out of Balance
  16. The Nature of People
  17. 1998. The New Mac.
  18. Father (Child)
  19. Remember
  20. Grew Up At Midnight – The Maccabees
  21. Shelter from the Storm – Bob Dylan

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.