It was sad news to hear about the passing of Jóhann Jóhannsson last week at the early age of 48. His work will continue to live on through the films he’s scored and his own records, which showcase the talents of one of the greatest modern composers. His ability to blend orchestral and electronic instrumentation in an organic way that manages to both suit the style of the work and its requirements, whilst also having his distinct character, placed him with only a handful of others at the top of their game.
It’s at times like this that you really reflect on someone’s body of work and appreciate it as a whole. To give a specific track wouldn’t do justice to his career so instead I will leave my readers with this live performance and interview broadcast last year on KEXP. Hopefully his work will continue to grow after his death as more people recognise his talent. It’s sad to know that there won’t be more but what there is will keep his memory alive for many years to come.
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