Norwegian Wood

The soundtrack for Norwegian Wood, the new film based on Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel , featuring a score by Jonny Greenwood, is out now. We suggest you head on over here to get it.

Nonesuch releases guitarist/composer Jonny Greenwood’s instrumental score to director Tran Anh Hung’s film Norwegian Wood on March 8. An adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel, the film will be released in the UK by Soda Pictures on March 11, and stars Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi and Kiko Mizuhara. The score is performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra led by Robert Ziegler, and the Emperor Quartet, and is produced by Graeme Stewart. The soundtrack album also features three tracks written and performed by CAN.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949, Haruki Murakami published his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, in 1979, earning him the Gunzou Literature Prize for budding writers. In 1987, he published Norwegian Wood, which went on to become the book that gained him a domestic and global following, with its various editions and volumes combined selling more than 10 million copies in Japan and 2.6 million overseas to date.

Tran Anh Hung’s directorial debut, The Scent of Green Papaya (1992), won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His second film, Cyclo (1995), won the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. His other films include The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000) and I Come with the Rain (2009).

In addition to his work with the band Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood has made a considerable name for himself as a composer in recent years. His Grammy- and BAFTA-nominated score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 film There Will Be Blood, released on Nonesuch, won the award for Best Film Score at the Evening Standard British Film Awards and the Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Film Score. His first solo project was a soundtrack for the Simon Pummell film Bodysong in 2003, and in 2004 Greenwood became BBC Radio 3’s Composer in Residence. His work under this appointment included Popcorn Superhet Receiver, which won the BBC Radio 3 Listeners’ Award at the 2006 British Composer Awards.

 

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Jonny Greenwood to score new movie

by Jonathan on February 15, 2011

It may not be the week’s biggest bit of Radiohead news, but the band’s Jonny Greenwood has been announced as the composer for a new film starring Tilda Swinton. Greenwood will score We Need to Talk About Kevin, the third feature by Scottish director Lynne Ramsay.

This is not Greenwood’s first time writing music for the big screen. His debut soundtrack, for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, won an Ivor Novello award. This was a minimalist work featuring tense, dissonant strings and tribal drumming. Greenwood also scored a Japanese adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, which is due for release in the UK on 11 March.

We Need to Talk About Kevin is based on a novel by Lionel Shriver. It follows the story of a mother, played by Swinton, and her troubled son, who goes on a murderous rampage at his school. Ramsay, who made the acclaimed films Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, has assembled a cast including John C Reilly and newcomer Ezra Miller. The film is in postproduction, according to the Hollywood Reporter, with a release planned for 2 September.

Ramsay has already demonstrated her good taste in film music by having Rachel Portman score Ratcatcher, and featuring songs by Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and Broadcast in Morvern Callar. This is her first collaboration with Greenwood.

Radiohead announced yesterday that their eighth LP, The King of Limbs, will be released on Saturday.

(from the Guardian)

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Norwegian WoodEarlier this year we told you about Jonny doing the score for Norwegian Wood, a movie based on the Haruki Murakami novel. Well, the soundtrack was released on November 10 but before you get too excited, it is only available in Japan. Get ready to shell out some Yen. In addition to Greenwood, German Krautrockers Can are also included on the soundtrack.

Here’s the tracklist:

Norwegian Wood: Original Soundtrack:

1. Jonny Greenwood – “Want to Organize Myself a Little More”
2. Jonny Greenwood – “”Grasslands, Wind, Woods”
3. Can – “Mary, Mary, So Contrary”
4. Jonny Greenwood – “I’ll Come See You Again”
5. Jonny Greenwood – “Don’t Read What Hasn’t Been Baptized by Time”
6. Jonny Greenwood – “Reiko”
7. Can – “Bring Me Coffee or Tea”
8. Jonny Greenwood – “Naoko Is Dead”
9. Jonny Greenwood – “Be Good and Stay Quiet”
10. Jonny Greenwood – “Wondered Around”
11. Jonny Greenwood – “Quarter Tone Bloom”
12. Can – “Don’t Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone”
13. Jonny Greenwood – “Just Take Me When You Take Me”
14. Jonny Greenwood – “Stormy Auditory Hallucinations”

And the trailer which prominently uses the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” but it also has some original music, likely written by Greenwood:

Thanks to Roberto. (via Exclaim.ca)

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Listen to Jonny Greenwood’s “Doghouse”

by Jonathan on March 23, 2010

Jonny GreenwoodLast month Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood debuted “Doghouse” by BBC Concert Orchestra at London’s Maida Vale studios. Now that performance can be heard by all by going to BBC Radio 3’s website where you can stream it for a limited time.

To stream it, go here and forward about 26 minutes in.

“Doghouse” will become the basis for the score of the upcoming film, Norwegian Wood, which we told you about recently.

(via Tiny Mix Tapes)

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Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood will reportedly return to film scoring, writing music for an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. The score will be based on a composition Greenwood wrote for the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Greenwood’s last foray into feature films was his Grammy-nominated soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. Just as that score was derived from an earlier work, Popcorn Superhet Receiver, Greenwood’s composition expands upon an orchestral piece called Dogwood, which debuted last month.

The maverick musician announced the project at BBC’s Maida Vale studios, following Dogwood’s premiere. “I wrote [the] piece mostly in hotels and dressing rooms while touring with Radiohead,” he told TwentyFourBit. “This was more practical than glamorous – lots of time sitting indoors, lots of instruments about – and aside from picking up a few geographical working titles, I [don’t] think that it had any effect where, on tour, it was written.” Greenwood is also listed on the film’s Imdb page.

Murakami’s 1987 novel, translated into English in 2000, follows Toru Watanabe’s nostalgic recollections of the late 60s. These memories are spurred by the sitar-strung sound of the Beatles’ Norwegian Wood. The film version is directed by Anh Hung Tran, and will be released in Japan in December.

In the meantime, the Maida Vale performance of Dogwood will be re-broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on 19 March. Greenwood’s first movie score, for the 2003 documentary Bodysong, will also soon see an encore: it will be released on DVD on 22 March.

(from guardian.co.uk)

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