“From the beginning, we said we’d like to take inspiration for the score from the surrounding environment of wherever the film is set,” reveals “The Aeronauts” director Tom Harper. That included “the sound of the wind and the sound of the air,” which offered something “unique.” Harper and composer Steven Price spoke extensively about the music for their aerial adventure in a new behind-the-scenes featurette. Watch the exclusive video above.
The Amazon release tells the true story of a perilous journey undertaken by pilot Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glashier (Eddie Redmayne) in 1862. Their mission: fly a hot air balloon higher than any man has ever gone before all in the name of science.
In order to put the audience in the sky with the characters, Price wanted to “make a difference between the music that you’d hear when you’re seeing the paths of the people on the ground” and when they’re in the air. He explains, “when you’re on the ground, we make use of strings and pianos and more conventional instruments.” When the two are airborne, he used “just instruments that were driven by wind, whether it be brass instruments or woodwind,” as a way of making the music feel like “it was being driven by the air and almost moving with the wind.”
The film could return Price to the Oscar race for the first time since winning for “Gravity” (2013), which brought him a BAFTA victory and bids at the Golden Globes and Grammys. He earned two Emmy nominations this year for his work on the nature docu-series “Our Planet” (Best Score and Best Main Title Theme). He’s also a Grammy winner for the album “21” (2012). He’s leant his talents to such films as “The World’s End” (2013), “Fury” (2014), “Suicide Squad” (2016) and “Baby Driver” (2017).
You can hear Price’s score when “The Aeronauts” hits theaters on December 6 and Amazon Prime on December 20.
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