Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury are back to soundtracking dystopian sci-fi. The Portishead member and the film and TV composer (whose work music fans may know from Beyoncé‘s HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream) previously teamed up on Drokk: Music Inspired by Mega-City One, an unused score for the 2012 film Dredd. They’ve combined again for the thriller Ex Machina, which will arrive in theaters on April 10, 2015. It’s the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Garland, whose credits include The Beach, 28 Days Later and Dredd. The actors Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander star in a film that, based on the first trailer, centers around a Turing test that becomes a tumultuous romance.
Watch below to preview Barrow and Salisbury’s intense, detailed musical accompaniment, and while you’re at it, check out Wondering Sound senior editor Jayson Greene’s relevant recent piece for The New York Times Magazine, “Why Is Our Sci-Fi So Glum About A.I.?”