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Silva Screen Records: "THE TOWER" music by Nainita Desai

Composer Nainita Desai’s (For Sama, American Murder) original music for ITV’s 3-part crime thriller will be digitally released on Silva Screen Records label on November 19, 2021.

The Tower aired on ITV on November 8th and is now due to launch on BritBox US in December 2021. The series is produced by Patrick Harbinson (24, Homeland), Damien Timmer (The Serpent, Endeavour) directed by Jim Loach (Save Me Too), and stars Gemma Whelan (Game of Throne, Gentleman Jack), Tahirah Sharif (The Haunting of Bly Manor), Jimmy Akingbola (Ted Lasso). The Tower script was adapted from former Homicide Team Met Police officer Kate London’s breakthrough first novel Post Mortem.

In The Tower’s breath-taking opening sequence, a veteran beat cop and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in south-east London. Left alive on the roof are a five-year-old boy and rookie police officer Lizzie Griffiths. Within hours, Lizzie has disappeared, and Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins is charged with leading the investigation. She not only has to track down Lizzie before she comes to serious harm, but also to uncover the truth behind the grisly deaths.

Nainita’s music for The Tower explores the antagonistic dichotomy of the relationship between the experienced Sergeant Sarah Collins and the novice cop Lizzie Adams, very different women. The intriguing relationships between the characters served as a strong inspiration for the electronic based score. Nainita says “The texture of the music is quite dirty, distorted and rich reflecting the contemporary, gritty aesthetic of London. It allowed me to return to my first love of synths and electronics. Strings, distorted piano and percussion under twisted and constantly shifting intricate synth textures all find their way into the rich pulsating score. I also wanted the presence of the Tower itself to be felt looming over the character and story like a living breathing creature, so I imbued a sound that is interwoven into the score whenever the presence of the tower most needed to be felt.”

Following a degree in Maths and studying sound for film at the NFTS in the UK, Award winning composer Nainita Desai began her career as a sound designer on feature films for directors including Werner Herzog and Bertolucci, as well as assistant music engineering for Peter Gabriel. Her recent projects include Oscar nominated and BAFTA & Cannes winning feature documentary For Sama, Sundance winning feature The Reason I Jump, No1 Netflix India series Bad Boy Billionaires and Bafta nominated American Murder. Upcoming features include Netflix’s 14 Peaks, Adidas feature The Wall, and current scoring projects include primetime drama series BBC1 Crossfire and SKY’s Funny Girl starring Gemma Arterton.

Also available on Silva Screen Records is Nainita Desai’s stunning orchestral score for the feature length documentary Untamed Romania, for which she was named ‘breakthrough composer of the year’ by the International Film Music Critics Association.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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