Steve Jablonsky has written music for every one of Michael Bay’s Transformers films. But for the fifth installment, Transformers: The Last Knight, the composer had to take things back — way back — to Medieval times.
The new film, out now, opens with a prologue battle sequence that finds King Arthur and his future Knights of the Round Table on the cusp of defeat against an encroaching horde. It’s only when a drunken Merlin (played with a tipsy wink by Stanley Tucci) connects with an ancient Transformer and receives a staff that will become key to the future of mankind that the English heroes are saved.
Jablonsky’s track, “Merlin’s Staff,” acts as a theme to these proceedings and gives the Transformers films a new sonic wrinkle compared to soundtracks past.
“I met with Michael before he started shooting Transformers: The Last Knight,” Jablonsky said in a press release. “He showed me some amazing concept art and explained how the story connects the history of Transformers all the way back to the times of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I loved the idea because it gave me the opportunity to explore new musical ideas… The storyline allowed me to write melodies that are a bit more ‘classical’ than I’ve written for the other Transformers films, which was a lot of fun for me.”
Listen to “Merlin’s Staff” below.
Jablonsky’s score for Transformers: The Last Knight is out on digital platforms Friday. La-La Land Records will release a limited edition two-disc set (of 3,000 units) at www.lalalandrecords.com on July 11.
In addition to his work on the Transformers films, Jablonsky has collaborated with Bay on The Island and Pain & Gain. He’s also composed scores for the Bay-produced horror films A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Hitcher, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Amityville Horror.