Arrival [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Arrival [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Arrival [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] by Jóhann Jóhannsson

Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
Record label: DG Deutsche Grammophon
Genre(s): Classical, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Film Score

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A key success with this soundtrack is the use of velocity and volume; at one point or another, every element seems to fade away into silence or give way to other instrumentation, only to unexpectedly return at certain points, completely transforming the overall timbre of the track. "First Encounter" exemplifies this well, harking back to Jóhannsson's approach with Sicario; those distinct, queasy bass strings that rise and fall unpredictably give way to a silence that is just as effective as the parts occupied by other sounds. While some tracks encapsulate ambience and awe, others are a bit more concerned with action-oriented scenes, and the overall sonic palette is something quite different and never boring.

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