Arrival Trailer - Amy Adams

Arrival is one of 2016’s best movies, an intelligent and humane science fiction epic powered by big ideas that ultimately reveals a big, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt soul. And the soundtrack to those ideas, the key to that soul, comes courtesy of composer (and two-time Academy Award nominee) Jóhann Jóhannsson.

This is Jóhannsson’s third collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve, following Prisoners and Sicario, the latter of which earned him one of those Oscar nods. If there is any justice in this vast, infinite universe full of aliens that only linguists played by Amy Adams can learn to understand, he’ll have a third nomination early next year.

With Arrival in theaters today, I spoke with Jóhannsson about his creative process, developing a short hand with directors, and knowing when to utilize another artist’s music in place of your own.

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Blade Runner 2049 music

Denis Villeneuve is knee-deep in the world of Blade Runner. The director behind Sicario and next week’s Arrival is currently shooting the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, which is about the search for Rick Reckard (Harrison Ford). Reimagining and advancing the world Sir Ridley Scott captured on film must put an exceptional amount of pressure on Villeneuve and his team, but like the sequel‘s composer Jóhann Jóhannsson says, they’re making a sequel, something new, so there’s freedom to try new things, like with the score.

Below, learn more about the Blade Runner 2049 music.

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blade runner 2 score

With the addition of Jared Leto last weekDenis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2 finally finished casting. But we’re still learning about interesting hires behind the scenes. Recently, composer Jóhann Jóhannsson let slip that he’d be scoring the sci-fi sequel, having previously worked with Villeneuve on PrisonersSicario, and the upcoming ArrivalRead More »