Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer is not only a talented writer and filmmaker, but he also knows how to weave his own music into his films. The orchestral original soundtrack for the upcoming sci-fi fantasy epic, composed by Tykwer and his longtime scoring partners, will be out digitally Oct. 23 and on CD Nov. 6 in a 23-track set, EW can exclusively confirm.
The movie, based on David Mitchell’s novel, spans 500 years and stars a long litany of A-listers such as Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant in multiple roles snaking through six different eras ranging from 1849 to 1973 to 2346. The movie comes out in theaters Oct. 26.
Tykwer, who wrote and directed Cloud Atlas with The Matrix filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski, composed the film’s equally dramatic score with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil. The trio have worked together for years as Pale 3, composing, arranging and playing music for Tykwer’s films Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, among others.
Check out this exclusive Cloud Atlas track, below, titled “All Boundaries Are Conventions,” which starts off with a slow piano melody that spreads upwards into an emotional flurry of violins and a deep-voiced choir.
For the film, Tykwer, Klimek and Heil contributed electronic performances and also enlisted the German MDR Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Radio Chorus. Work on the score began even before shooting on the film. They were very careful to craft a central musical theme, based on a piece called “The Cloud Atlas Sextet” written by one of the film’s main characters, ambitious composer Robert Frobisher (Ben Whishaw), featuring a twisting blend of six soloists. The movie’s music spreads throughout like, well, a matrix, linking story lines and characters.
“It’s 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.”
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