Chernobyl: Music from the Original TV Series

Hildur Gudnadottir

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  • Genre: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • Released Date: 6th September 2019
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On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history – and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. The series’ haunting score comes courtesy of Icelandic composer/cellist/choral arranger Hildur Guðnadóttir.

“Scoring Chernobyl has been such an incredible journey. The musical trip started out with Chris Watson, Sam Slater and myself traveling to Lithuania to record the decommissioned power plant Ignalina, where a large part of the series is filmed. Going there and experiencing what it feels like to make all the preparations just to be allowed to go inside, the clothes your wear, the maze of kilometres of corridors, the smells and size of the machinery rooms made a huge impact on me. Trying to imagine the horror that the people of Chernobyl went through became very alive.

“Recording with Chris is a magical experience in itself. His unwavering enthusiasm for deep listening is inspirational beyond explanation. The most unexpected objects come to life through his highly tuned ears. Back in Berlin, Sam, Gunni Tynes and I then set out for months of treasure hunting and digging through those hours of recordings with the intention of creating the whole score from the very material and environment that caused the catastrophe. We managed to dig out the most delicate melodies from doors and pumps and loudest of sounds from reactor halls and turbine hall saws. Apart from my voice, every single soundsource of the music is created with the power plant itself.

“I am in awe of the trust, dedication and love director Johan Renck, writer Craig Mazin and the whole production team have poured in the project. With the intention of being as true and respectful to the actual events as possible.” – Hildur Guonadottir

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Track Listings

  1. The Door (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  2. Bridge Of Death (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  3. Turbine Hall (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  4. Vichnaya Pamyat (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  5. Pump Room (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  6. Clean Up (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  7. Dealing With Destruction (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  8. Waiting For The Engineer (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  9. Gallery (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  10. 12 Hours Before (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  11. Corridors (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  12. Líður (Chernobyl Version) (Francesco Donadello Remix)
  13. Evacuation (Francesco Donadello Remix)

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