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'American Idol' judge Katy Perry shuts down the 'biggest lie' of the music industry

May 26, 2024

Katy Perry, renowned for her dynamic pop hits and vibrant persona, has revealed a new source of inspiration for her upcoming music. Speaking at the "American Idol"...

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G-Dragon's Anticipated Comeback: A New Chapter for BIGBANG in 2024

May 26, 2024

The music world is buzzing with excitement as G-Dragon, the frontman of the legendary K-pop group BIGBANG, announces his much-anticipated comeback in 2024....

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BTS: Gearing Up for a Mega World Tour Next Year

May 26, 2024

The global music phenomenon BTS is set to captivate the world once again with the news of their upcoming mega world tour scheduled for next year。。。

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Twenty-One Pilots' 'Clancy': A Triumphant Finale to a Decade-Long Saga

May 26, 2024

The end of an era has come for Twenty-One Pilots, and with the release of their latest album, "Clancy," the duo has brought their long-running narrative to a triumphant close...

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Lady Gaga Says Her New Music Is ‘Nothing Like Anything That I’ve Ever Made’

May 25, 2024

Lady Gaga has never shied away from pushing the boundaries of her music, and her recent announcement at the Los Angeles premiere of "Gaga Chromatica Ball" signals...

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Megan Thee Stallion's "Hiss" Climbs to No. 1 Amidst High-Profile Feud

May 25, 2024

Megan Thee Stallion's latest single, "Hiss," has catapulted to the top of the charts, reaching No. 1 as it capitalises on the buzz generated by her recent public feud...

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Kendrick Lamar’s Rise to the Top: Chart-Topping Success Amidst Rap Feud

May 25, 2024

Kendrick Lamar's recent success on the charts marks a significant milestone in his career, highlighting his influence and dominance in the music industry. His diss track "Not Like Us" debuted...

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The Fine Line Between Inspiration and Infringement: Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’ Lawsuit

May 23, 2024

In the intricate world of music creation, inspiration often blurs the lines between originality and infringement. The recent lawsuit against Beyoncé over her hit song "Break My Soul"...

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Zayn Malik Embraces Minimalism and Rawness in 'Room Under the Stairs'

May 23, 2024

Since leaving One Direction in 2015, Zayn Malik has embarked on a journey of artistic exploration and self-discovery. His solo debut, Mind of Mine (2016), featured the global hit "Pillowtalk"...

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Sony Music Group warns more than 700 companies against using its content to train AI

May 23, 2024

Sony Music Group (SMG) has issued formal notices to over 700 generative AI companies and streaming platforms, prohibiting the unauthorized use of its content for AI model training...

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Joshua Bassett Announces Debut Album ‘The Golden Years’: Here’s When It Arrives

May 23, 2024

Joshua Bassett is going for gold. After years of making waves in the music industry, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter has finally announced the release of his debut studio album, The Golden Years...

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Static Dress Unleashes a Torrent of Emotion in New Single 'Crying’

May 23, 2024

In an explosive return to the music scene, UK-based post-hardcore band Static Dress has released their latest single, "Crying," capturing the raw energy and intense emotion that the band is renowned..

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Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar Triumph: Crafting Oppenheimer's “Unplayable” Score

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In the grand auditorium of dreams, Ludwig Göransson clutched the Oscar statuette for Best Score, a testament to his monumental contribution to Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. This win adds another gleaming accolade to Göransson's repertoire, following his previous triumphs with a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar for his work on Black Panther. But the journey to this pinnacle was anything but ordinary.

 

Oppenheimer represents a pivot in Nolan’s directorial canvas, focusing on the tense, dramatic narrative of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and the creation of the atomic bomb, veering away from the high-octane action that characterized his past works. This shift demanded a score that could navigate the complex emotional and historical landscapes of the story. Enter Ludwig Göransson, whose previous collaborations with Nolan and a knack for narrative-driven composition made him the ideal choice.

 

Göransson’s challenge was not just to compose music but to encapsulate the gravity of Dr. Oppenheimer’s moral and scientific dilemmas, the tension of a race against time, and the haunting realization of a world forever changed. His approach was a deep dive into the soul of the narrative, starting with a foundational period of two months dedicated to the creation and refinement of thematic material, long before cameras started rolling. In these initial stages, Göransson produced an astonishing ten minutes of music weekly, each piece subjected to rigorous scrutiny and discussion.

 

This preparatory phase bore the hallmark of Nolan’s immersive storytelling approach, requiring Göransson to deliver a sprawling three hours of music that Nolan could envelop himself in during the shoot. The essence of this music was to not only serve as a backdrop but to act as an emotional compass guiding the film's narrative flow.

 

Central to the score’s success was Göransson’s ability to mirror the film's intensity through the nuanced portrayal of Dr. Oppenheimer by Cillian Murphy. Göransson described Murphy’s performance as “almost inhuman,” a comment reflecting the depth of character that the score needed to complement. The solution was a masterful use of the violin’s dynamic range, shifting from tender vibratos to harsh, manic strokes, mirroring the internal and external conflicts faced by the protagonist.

 

One of the score's highlights, a montage depicting Dr. Niels Bohr’s lecture on the symphony of algebra, showcases Göransson's innovative spirit. This piece, characterized by a constantly accelerating tempo, was initially thought to be “unplayable.” Yet, through commendable determination, it became a standout moment in the film, encapsulating the blend of science and art that the narrative explored.

 

Göransson's work on Oppenheimer transcends traditional film scoring, weaving together a sonic tapestry that reflects the epochal significance and personal turmoil surrounding the birth of the atomic age. His ability to oscillate between the profoundly personal and the sweepingly historical marks a compositional maturity that resonates deeply with audiences and critics alike.

 

As the film industry looks forward to what Göransson will compose next, his Oscar win for Oppenheimer stands as a beacon of his versatile talent and a reminder of the power of music to transform narrative into experience. This accolade is not just for a score that was written but for a masterpiece that was crafted, note by note, with the precision of a scientist and the heart of an artist.