Composers Dustin O’Halloran and Herdís Stefánsdóttir Take a ‘Modern Approach’ to a Victorian-Era Tale with Score ‘The Essex Serpent’ – Hear an Exclusive Track

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has an exclusive title of Dustin O’Halloran and Herdís Stefánsdóttir’s score for The Essex Serpentwhich is fixed for digital version today via Lakeshore Records.

The Apple TV+ limited series from See-Saw Films follows London widow Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes), who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical snake. Seaborne forms a surprising bond of science and skepticism with the local pastor (Tom Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse him of luring the creature.

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When O’Halloran and Stefánsdóttir embarked on the project, they sought to evoke the dark depths of Victorian England using both electroacoustics and strings. “From our first conversations with director Clio Bernard, we knew we were going to create something multifaceted and multi-dimensional,” the composers told Deadline in a joint statement. “It was our first collaboration as composers and it allowed us to explore subjects like the fear of the unknown, the Victorian era where science and religion were in constant conflict, and the complexity of superstition. .”

Dustin O'Halloran, Herdís Stefánsdóttir - Credit: Courtesy of Anna Maggy;  Jeaneen Lund

Dustin O’Halloran, Herdís Stefánsdóttir – Credit: Courtesy of Anna Maggy; Jeaneen Lund

Courtesy of Anna Maggy; Jeaneen Lund

O’Halloran and Stefánsdóttir noted that they were fortunate to receive the full trust of Bernard, who offered them the space to experiment. The duo added: “Even though this was a period piece set in the late 1800s, we took a modern approach to the music and how we wrote and recorded it. , emphasizing the sound of woodwind and string bowing, and we went deep into capturing the sonic limits of cello and electroacoustic manipulation.

O’Halloran is an American pianist and composer who won an Emmy in 2015 for his lead theme in the Amazon comedy-drama. Transparent. He was also nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for his score of Lionwritten in collaboration with Volker Bertelmann (alias Hauschka). His film career began when Sofia Coppola invited him to contribute to Marie Antoinetteand he has since worked on numerous movies and TV shows, including Drake Doremus’ Sundance Grand Jury winner Like crazy and Marc Turtletaub Puzzle. He also composed the music for George Tillman Jr. The hate you give and teamed up with Bryan Senti for Nick Murphy’s six-episode TV series, Save me. He and Bertelmann reunited to collaborate on Netflix The old guardand again on the 2019 BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.

Stefánsdóttir is an Icelandic composer of multimedia music, as well as a songwriter and electronic musician. She earned a master’s degree in film music from New York University in 2017 and has since scored projects including the HBO series. We are hereFX Y: the last manand the romance of Ry Russo-Young The sun is also a star.

The Essex Serpent premiered on Apple TV+ on May 13. The series based on Sarah Perry’s bestselling novel of the same name has been adapted for the screen by BAFTA Award-nominated writer Anna Symon. Barnard and Symon also produced it alongside Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Patrick Walters.

Listen to “The Serpent” by O’Halloran and Stefánsdóttir from The Essex Serpent by clicking on it.

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