The Matrix Revisited: Composer Don Davis Reveals Secrets from His Score to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ‘The Matrix’

Editor’s Note: This post contains the introduction to an article I wrote specifically for The Hollywood Reporter. It was a great honor to work on a post about a film, and film score so dear to my heart. In this retrospective, composer Don Davis plugs back in to recall the lengths he took to satisfy the Wachowskis’ exacting vision. Click here to read the full article.


Twenty years ago, The Matrix blew audiences away with its ground-breaking, generation-defining style. That was in tandem with substantive themes that were esoteric yet accessible. For every Hong Kong-styled wire fight, there was an equally engaging reference to Plato. 

One integral component to the success of the Wachowski’s series was the music of Don Davis. Davis brought complicated, sophisticated, and tailored musical concepts to match what the siblings were doing on screen.

The film opened on March 31, 1999 and is a high watermark for Davis, and for film scores of the era. The barrage of French horns, lush string work, piano, percussion, and waterphone amplified the heady concepts and dizzying action that the Wachowskis offered audiences…

Click over to The Hollywood Reporter to read the full post…and HUGE props to former GST staff writer Andy Crump for helping get this article posted at THR!