Lakeshore Records will release Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of the soundtrack to the series Mr. Robot digitally on June 3, and on CD June 24, 2016. The label will also release a special LP package in July. The albums feature original music by series EMMY-nominated composer Mac Quayle.
"During the first season of Mr. Robot, we filtered a wide variety of emotions through the surreal mind of Elliot Anderson," said executive producer Sam Esmail. "Music was the tool that allowed me to stay nimble and consistent with the show's tone, even as we regularly pushed our main character to weirder and stranger places."
"Elliot uses programming and social engineering techniques to seek and exploit weakness in computer networks, and I use programming and sonic engineering techniques to help enhance the emotional content of each scene," said Quayle. "Armed with our computers and an arsenal of software tools, we both attempt to create and discover the right combination of notes (code) and sounds (keystrokes) that help tell the story (access the network)."
"For this soundtrack, the idea was to include as much music as possible from Season 1 and organize it chronologically by episode," Quayle described. He used an almost all electronic palette for the show, adding only one organic instrument – a piano. "A signature sound in the show is created from what I call 'PaulStretch Textures': audio that has been manipulated by a time stretching program is converted into a sampler instrument making it playable on a keyboard."
The second season of Mr. Robot premieres on USA Network Wednesday, July 13.