R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson

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R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Post by Rob » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:04 pm

Icelandic soundtrack composer and ambient musician Jóhann Jóhannsson died yesterday. The cause of death is undisclosed for now. He was only 48 years old.


This name might not ring a bell immediately, but his movie scores in the last couple of years are among the most acclaimed. The Theory of Everything broke him wide, but his work for Denis Villeneuve might become the most iconic. For him, he did Prisoners, Sicario and - my favorite - Arrival.

He also had non-movie related works. Some of you might remember how I added his Orphée to the Moderately Acclaimed Albums of 2016 poll. I've also seen him perform that album live, which I enjoyed a lot.

A little more information: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ ... 48-1083619

Rest in peace. I'm listening to Orphée once again now:

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Re: R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Post by Matski » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:48 pm

Completely shocking news. He seemed to be hitting a creative peak with recent works, such as Sicarrio, Arrival and Orphée and I was looking forward to hearing how his work progressed over the next few years. It was disappointing to find out that his work for Blade Runner 2049 wasn't accepted for the film. Still hope it gets released someday.

Whether or not that happens, he's left behind a respectable body of work. Thank you for all your wonderful music Jóhann.
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Re: R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Post by DaveC » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:23 am

My favourite work by Jóhannsson is Fordlândia, while Arrival is one of my favourite films of recent years and the soundtrack undoubtedly contributed to that. A sad loss.

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Re: R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Post by Jirin » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:48 am

Shame. Orphee was a top 30 or so album for me, I should hear some of his other stuff.

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Re: R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Post by bootsy » Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:24 am

no. I loved his work in Sicario. RIP.

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Re: R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Post by jamieW » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:46 pm

My first introduction to his music was "Orphée" a couple of years ago (which ended up being one of my favorite albums of 2016). I will definitely need to listen to more from him. Another great artist gone far too soon...

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Re: R.I.P. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Post by Jackson » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:35 pm

So sad, he soundtracked some of the best films in recent years and I was looking forward to seeing what he'd do in the years ahead. His work on Sicario and Arrival is remarkable.

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