Want a backstage pass into the composers’ room of Blade Runner 2049? Dive into an awesome mini-doco from Soundworks Collection.
What I loved most about this was the way it didn’t glaze over sound design. The soundtrack is too often the main focus in pieces like this, when in reality some of the best stories come from the sound design team.
Like a heavily modified Roland TR-909 kick sample becoming the film’s gun/blaster sound. Too cool.
In addition to composers Zimmer and Wallfisch, the feature includes input from supervising sound editor Mark Mangini, sound designer Theo Green, re-recording mixer Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett, and picture editor Joe Walker.
Also super interesting was director Denis Vileneuve’s apparent distaste for ‘unnatural sound’. Put simply, the beeps and boops often played when someone is noodling on a futuristic computer. Everything had to be grounded in nature for him… something that certainly comes through in the glorious soundtrack.