THE MAURITANIAN - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK, WITH MUSIC BY TOM HODGE
Sony Music Masterworks today releases THE MAURITANIAN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by acclaimed composer TOM HODGE. Available everywhere now, the album features score music composed by Hodge for the inspiring true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi's fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. government. Nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards, The Mauritanian debuts today from STX Films.
Of the soundtrack, composer TOM HODGE says, "One of the first things that struck me from my discussions with [director] Kevin Macdonald was how deeply thematic the score needed to be. Sometimes themes can come out of the sound world you are building and gently present themselves to you, but this was not the case here! I sat down at the piano and wrote most of the core material in this very traditional manner. I drew on a pretty full spectrum of sound sources from acoustic to electronic – a kind of universal piano & string orchestra sound for Mohemadou, a more percussive but largely acoustic palette for Nancy Hollander, a hybrid blend of strings and processing for Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch and a deeply electronic palette of synths and sound design for the dark world of Guantanamo…
I think attaching themes to characters is probably cleaner even than attaching them to ideas and concepts, because if the musical material is robust enough then you can take the emotional content in the music anywhere required for that character's journey. Not only were these characters brilliantly portrayed, but they are real people too. Mohemedou's Salahi's story is deeply poignant and inspiration for the music was not hard to come by."
Directed by Kevin Macdonald and based on the NY Times best-selling memoir "Guantánamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. This is the inspiring true story of Slahi's fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. Government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.
ABOUT TOM HODGE - Tom is an Ivor Novello nominated composer, pianist, and clarinetist. Known for pushing the boundaries of experimental contemporary classical through his collaborations, he is one of the new generation straddling the recording artist/film composer divide, with 2021 promising to be another busy year with both collaborative Max Cooper and Floex LPs slated for release.
His most recent film work is the score for Kevin Macdonald's forthcoming feature The Mauritanian, starring Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch. Previous credits include the acclaimed BBC/AMC eight-part crime drama series McMafia, starring James Norton and David Strathairn for which he wrote and produced the score, the feature-length documentary The Man Behind The Microphone, directed by Claire Belhassine, and the docu-drama series Rise of the Nazis for 72 Films / BBC Studios.
Tom has created original score for feature films, documentaries, TV drama, ballet and multiple award-winning advertising campaigns.