Millennium Media is the chilling score by composer Walter Mair for the newly released horror thriller Till Death. The film stars Megan Fox is now in theaters (limited release) as well as available On Demand.
The soundtrack features 16 tracks by Mair who elevated the score and heightened tension in the film with some unique instrumentation.
A total sucker for unique instruments, Mair enjoys finding sounds that no one else has. Paired with a selection of hydrophones – instruments which in his own words “resemble the frozen world” of Till Death’s story, he commissioned the build of a bespoke instrument he calls a Contra-Hurdy.
The unique Contra-Hurdy he uses in the score is a "Frankenstein instrument" combining the mechanics of a hurdy gurdy, that add pulsating and propelling movement to resonate strings, and the corpus and strings of a large contra-bass, more akin to a cello or double bass, that can twist and distort sounds depending on how fast one moves the mechanical parts.
Additionally, Mair employed a Foley team to record snow and ice sounds: breaks, cold pressure creaks, and freezing water – which he then pitched and de-tuned or even slowed down 600% to add extra layers of tension to his score using the very cold itself.
Till Death tells the story of Emma (Fox), who is left handcuffed to her dead husband as part of a sickening revenge plot and must survive two hired killers on their way to finish the job.
Walter Mair is an Ivor Novella-nominated and Telly Award-winning composer known for his captivating scores ranging from epic orchestrations recorded with 80-piece choirs to intimate, small ensemble and hybrid electronic pieces that have graced a diverse mix of feature films, documentaries, television dramas, narrative-driven interactive entertainment and video games.
Walter scored the 2021 survival thriller Till Death, directed by S.K. Dale and starring Megan Fox, as well as the psychological horror film The Unfamiliar, which won the 2021 Telly Award for Best Original Music and an Award for Best Music Score at the 2020 NOLAHFF, and was described by the press as “the Babadook meets Pet Sematary”. Other recent projects include the coming-of-age drama Iceland is Best and the action-thriller Knuckledust, directed by James Kermack and starring Moe Dunford (Vikings), which won the 2021 Telly Award for Best Original Music.
In 2020, he also received two Telly awards for “Best Original Music” for his scores to the BAFTA “EE Mobile Game of the Year” Call of Duty: Mobile as well as his score to the Netflix docu-series Formula 1: Drive to Survive which won the Telly Award for Best Original Music, a 2021 BAFTA Award for Best Sound, and topped the Netflix charts globally. Other credits include Academy Award nominee Oliver Hirschbiegel’s International cold war mini-series for Netflix and ZDF, The Same Sky, which premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River starring Saorise Ronan, Matt Smith, Christina Hendricks, and Eva Mendes.
In the video game space, he scored Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time which won the PlayStation Choice Award for “Best Video Game” and received several other similar nominations. Forbes said: “Mair’s score uses a ridiculous range of organic and electronic sounds, deriving its unique audio from ‘tons of vintage and analogue effects’, ‘modular synths’ and, er, seashells.”
His music can also be heard in video games such as Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto video games, Sony’s sci-fi franchise Killzone, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction and The Creative Assembly’s Total War series.
Walter believes that the main principle of creativity is to come up with genuine sounds, and he enjoys experimenting and creating unique sonic worlds for each of his projects, using his extensive collection of analog digital synths and blending live orchestral arrangements with experimental post-recording techniques.
In 2006, Walter moved from his native Austria to London to open his own state-of-the-art recording studio in SoHo and is a member of both BAFTA and The Ivor’s Academy.
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