Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969–2018) wrote music for a wide array of media, including theatre, dance, television, and films. His work is stylized by its blending of classical instrumentation with electronic elements.
Jóhann’s body of work contains previously unreleased music never used by the projects it was composed for - held in purgatory by the constraints of the capitalist industrial machine. Gold Dust, available now via Redbird Music, is a selection of meaningful fragments hatched in a suspended state of reality to provide an armor that can be dissolved only when those pieces trigger the senses. Check out the full EP here.
During his lifetime, Jóhann produced studio albums with Touch, 4AD, 130701, and Deutsche Grammophon, which released his last solo record, Orphée. His first solo album, Englabörn (2002, Touch), drew from a broad set of influences, ranging from Erik Satie, Bernard Herrmann, Purcell and Moondog to electronic music issued by labels such as Mille Plateaux and Mego.
A great deal of Jóhann’s work in his last years closely entwined with film: Sicario (2015), the score of which was nominated for all major awards, Arrival (2016), which earned him Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and such notable film credits as James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything (2014), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.
Jeremy [Six Strings]