Above & Beyond have teamed up with long-time collaborator and composer Darren Tate to write their first motion-picture score for the upcoming documentary, The Last Glaciers. The film follows award-winning cinematographer Craig Leeson and United Nations mountaineer/entrepreneur Malcolm Wood as the men embark on an global expedition to explore climate change. The cinematic adventure was filmed over four years on several freezing cross-continental terrains. From Antarctica to the Himalaya, the Alps and the Andes, Leeson and Wood’s visual storytelling is compelling and one not to be missed for anyone curious about the causes and effects of global warming. The film will be shown in select IMAX theaters internationally on World Water Day (March 22).
The film score will be released on the date of the film’s debut and is said to feature “sweeping string-lead production” that complements the vast, natural landscapes seen in the documentary.
“It was an honor to be invited by Craig to compose the score for The Last Glaciers. For the musical direction, we felt it important for the score to reflect the beauty of our changing planet that Craig had elegantly captured. Stylistically, we wanted to combine our largely electronic musical background with live orchestra to create a hybrid score,” said Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant. “It was important to us that the score both reflect the challenges facing the world today, and those faced by Craig as an individual and filmmaker over the course of filming. As well as conveying a sense of urgency, we wanted the score to portray an optimistic tone, and to encourage a positive call to action from the viewer.”
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