‘Cloud Atlas’ director Tom Tykwer has fully taken the artistic reigns by enlisting himself and longtime scoring partners, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil, to create the musical convoy through 500 years in an epic sci-fi fantasy world. The exclusive track “All Boundaries Are Conventions” was just released!
From trailer to cast, and directors to track, this film is building up the sci-fi fanatic’s expectations to dangerous levels. The progression of this snippet begins with a soft lilting piano, slowly introducing a quiet march of strings that grows into the hum of a man with deep choral vocals. The crescendo then falls instantly to the solo piano, and ends. Or ends at the beginning? Or is the beginning of an end? Exactly.
The trio crafted a central musical theme which Tykwer described as “an ever-present melody from a simple string line to a riff in a 1970s rock piece, to a jazz sextet playing in the background at the Cavendish party. We needed something beautiful and malleable enough to take us through five centuries,” said Tykwer in a statement. “There are lots of subjective voices in the story, and we were searching for one voice that could encompass them all, to form a beautiful choir.”
I fondly recall when the German film director, screen-writer and composer, achieved international acclaim with ‘Run Lola Run’ in 1998. Since those days of Doc Martins and chokers, Tykwer has both written and composed for the films: ‘The Princess and the Warrior,’ a segment from ‘Paris je t’aime’ and ‘Perfume: The Story of a Muderer.’
Moviegoers all over the world fell in love with his edgy style more than ten years ago, and based on what we’ve seen so far, ‘Cloud Atlas’ has the potential to be one of the best sci-fi films we’ve seen since ‘The Matrix.’