Whistle Music, a joint venture between Alcon Sleeping Giant (ASG) Records and Team Whistle has digitally released the Original Series Soundtrack to Quibi’s highly popular sci-fi drama series Don’t Look Deeper (ASG Music Group/10:22 pm/UMe) from director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen). The album features an original score by Grammy Award-winning composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum (Bird Karma, Champaign ILL) that blurs the boundaries between organic and inorganic, biological and machine, and acoustic and electronic.
“I wanted the listener to be carried by the music, lifted by it, safely led by a strange familiar melody that flows throughout the story,” says Nora. “The music weaves and morphs sounds together—flutes with moogs, 808s with orchestra, processed voices with string quartet. The identity of the score embraces a plural space that loves on technology and pushes and subverts the possibility of the acoustic.”
The Don’t Look Deeper score features a string quartet, string orchestra, flutes, keyboards, electronics, sampled heartbeats, boiling water kettles, and voices. Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum collaborated with numerous amazing musicians on the recording of the score—including Lisa Liu and Grace Oh on violins, Alma Fernandez on viola, Ben Lash on cello, the Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra, flutist Amy Raasch, and vocalist Taura Stinson. Nora recorded electronics, keyboards and vocals on the score.
“I had so much fun collaborating with the brilliant vocalist and songwriter Taura Stinson on a number of tracks for Don’t Look Deeper. We made lists of body parts and deconstructed robot identities to create vocal shapes and contours. To score the flashback opening of episode 10, Catherine Hardwicke [director] came up with the radical idea of re-recording Diane Warren’s iconic ‘If I Could Turn Back Time,’ performed by an 8-year-old singer. Eden Kontesz filled Cher’s famous shoes, and the track, produced in collaboration with Tim Kobza, bizarrely underscores images of a child dissecting a doll,” says Kroll-Rosenbaum.
“Composer Nora Kroll- Rosenbaum had a deep understanding of Aisha’s character as someone who doesn’t fit in – doesn’t feel quite right in her skin,” said Don’t Look Deeper director Catherine Hardwicke. “She created music that is emotional and intriguing – and has vocal elements of human ‘breath’ – that subtly connect us to the humanity of the character. Nora was able to create a very original, powerful score that at times is haunting, soothing, terrifying, and always somehow -- beautiful.”
Don’t Look Deeper is executive produced by New Form, a Team Whistle company, starring Don Cheadle, Emily Mortimer and Helena Howard, all episodes now streaming on Quibi. The Don’t Look Deeper - Original Series Soundtrack is available for digital download today.
ABOUT DON’T LOOK DEEPER
Set in Merced, California, “fifteen minutes into the future,” Don’t Look Deeper centers on a high school senior who can’t seem to shake the feeling that something about her just isn’t right. And that something is… she’s not human… not one of us. This revelation of what she really is, where she comes from, and who has started looking for her, sets in motion a series of events that suddenly puts her entire life in jeopardy. Don’t Look Deeper is a co-production between New Form and 30 Ninjas for Quibi.
ABOUT NORA KROLL-ROSENBAUM
Julliard-trained Grammy Award-winning composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum (born in New York City) collaborates with adventurous musicians and radical filmmakers on scores that include Catherine Hardwicke’s Don’t Look Deeper (Quibi), Bird Karma (Dreamworks Animation), Champaign ILL (Sony), Grand-Daddy Day Care(Universal), Delicious Little Devil (Universal), Dangerous Curves (NYTimes), Stockholm Pennsylvania(Sundance), Lenny (HBO), Powerless (Cannes), After Fire (DocNYC), Remember Me, Joburg (Telluride), Nancy Kates’s Regarding Susan Sontag (HBO), The Cinema Travelers (Cannes), Every Act of Life (Tribeca), Code, Netizens (Tribeca) and Half the Picture (Sundance). She has received concert commissions from the London Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and fellowships from the Sundance Composers Feature and Documentary Labs, where she also serves as an advisor.
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