Jonny Greenwood returns to film with NORWEGIAN WOOD

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
March 10th, 2010

I love the experience of watching the Oscars, but some of the politics and rules that go into the voting process make no sense to me and seem downright unfair. The best example I can think of is Jonny Greenwood's score for THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Despite being a brilliant piece of work (arguably the best score of 2007), it was disqualified because, as the rules explain, it was "diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music."

Now Greenwood is getting another chance to wow audiences with his musical genius, this time lending his talent to NORWEGIAN WOOD, a film a adaptation of the book by author Haruki Murakami. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he'll be wowing The Academy because he is once again borrowing from some of his "pre-existing music."

The score will be based on "Dogwood," a piece he wrote for the BBC Concert Orchestra, which he unveiled at the Maida Vale Studios last month. Similarly, THERE WILL BE BLOOD contained pieces of his own "Popcorn Superhet Receiver," which he also wrote for the BBC, as well as some public domain scores.

Jonny explained his writing process for "Dogwood," saying, "I wrote [the] piece mostly in hotels and dressing rooms while touring with Radiohead. This was more practical than glamorous – lots of time sitting indoors, lots of instruments about – and aside from picking up a few geographical working titles, I [don't] think that it had any effect where, on tour, it was written." If you're curious about what the NORWEGIAN WOOD soundtrack will sound like, you can hear "Dogwood" at 2PM on Friday, March 19th on BBC Radio 3... or you can wait five minutes for it to leak onto Youtube.

Source: The Guardian

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