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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Johan Söderqvist
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 15 February 2019

MovieScore Media release Johan Söderqvist's score for the historical epic Amundsen. A true hero of Norway, Roald Amundsen is best-remembered for his incredible achievement of reaching the South Pole in 1911. Directed by Espen Sandberg, Amundsen stars Pål Sverre Hagen as the arctic explorer who is caught in a race to reach both the North and the South Pole and also becomes an early pioneer of flying over the Arctic scene - with tragic results...

Johan Söderqvist's score for Amundsen contains 23 tracks (54 min, 52 sec) and ranges from background, atmospheric music to beautifully melancholic themes.

Talking about the project, the composer said: "The director Espen Sandberg had a vision for the music - to create a whole new aural world for the South Pole, a place that was as unknown to the people at that time as Mars or Jupiter… We wanted it to feel like we're arriving to a whole new world, a new universe. We recorded many different crazy things but in the end we really liked the sound of Indian native flutes being blown (or more like screamed into) through a wonderful new Russian electronic voice/breath processor called 'The Pipe'. Together with heavily distorted ambiences & drums, this became the signature sound of the film that we so much dreamt of."

The end result is a collection of themes that is unlike any other release and this will either be its attraction or turn off for the listener. Personally, I did enjoy the fact that this sounded a little different to the standard score, but it also meant that a lot of time had to be invested in getting to know the album. It's not one that you can easily pick up and instantly enjoy.

The composer has certainly created something a little different, but whether or not you'll embrace it outside of the movie is very much subjective.


Darren Rea

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