Lakeshore Records is set to release the soundtrack to the western supernatural thriller The Wind featuring an original score by Ben Lovett (The Ritual). Lovett’s score prominently features a pair of unique orchestral instruments seldom employed in film music: the bass flute, and the Nyckelharpa — a 16 string keyed violin that originated in the 15th century. The former is a centerpiece of the score, imbuing the soundscape with breathy ambient textures that invoke the endless persistence of wind on the frontier prairie, constantly blurring the line between score and sound design. Emma Tammi’s directorial debut, written by Teresa Sutherland and starring Caitlin Gerard and Julia Goldani-Telles, will be released in theaters and VOD by IFC Films on April 5.
The Wind is a stylish “feminist western horror” (Variety) set in the Western frontier of the late 1800’s that follows a plains-woman driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land. The film was described as a refreshing “genre-bender” by Hollywood Reporter that’s “loaded with atmosphere.” Much of that is due to the unique sonic palette Lovett crafted to score the film. Says the composer: “The score needed to narrate many sections of the film where no dialogue exists, and in order to adequately describe the internal story of the main character I felt we needed to employ an element of chaos into the scoring process.” He added, “I just felt the sound of someone coming apart mentally and emotionally might not be something particularly elegant or composed.”
Says Lovett on the key instruments: “There’s something naturally haunting about the sound of the Nyckelharpa, it immediately invokes a sort of spooky, old world religion that felt appropriate for the film. The bass flute became the tonal foundation of the score’s atmosphere. We wanted to establish a constant and unnerving presence of wind, and I was asked if there was a way to represent this in the score somehow. Naturally, my first instinct was to try a wind instrument.”
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