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Jóhann Jóhannsson’s ‘Drone Mass’ stands out as the late composer’s best work : #NowPlaying : NPR

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You could have heard extra of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson‘s music than you assume. His scores for the movies Arrival, Mandy, Idea of All the pieces and Sicario have secured legions of followers. Three years earlier than his sudden demise at age 48 in 2015, he completed Drone Mass, a type of electroacoustic cantata for string quartet, voices and electronics which can be his best work.

The 45-minute piece unfurls like a ritual, with washes of excessive Renaissance choral polyphony blended with traces of latest mystics like Arvo Pärt and superbly terrifying digital therapies applied by the composer himself. “Take within the Evening Air” begins with weightless distortion, intensifying as voices pop out and in, calling to one another. In the event you have been hurtling via house, this is able to be the music of the heavens.

Whereas this debut recording was made after Jóhannsson’s demise, an engineer situated his efficiency sound information, incorporating them with the musicians (members of ACME and Theatre of Voices) to supply a composer’s present from the nice past.



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