Jóhann Jóhannsson has died. The Icelandic musician and composer was best known for his film score work but he had also composed for TV, dance, theatre and released solo albums – such as the stunning Orphée.
He was 48 years old. The cause of death is not known.
Jóhannsson merged traditional orchestration with electronic elements – his score for Arrival is a masterpiece. His work as a music consultant for Darren Aronofsky’s most recent film, Mother! shows how crucial his understanding of mood for movies was; not a not of score is heard and yet there’s a presence so deep in that film, a profound understanding of sound design as character within the structure of cinematic storytelling.
There are several albums and film scores worth hearing. He was a master of mood, his film scores seemingly empathic, serene and nurturing – so hugely a part of the movies he worked on without ever dominating or detracting.
He was one of my favourite film composers.
The news of his death, and I guess what little we currently know, feels ominous, depressing, that the world has been robbed of one of its geniuses.
R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson
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