Nordic Soundtrack

Hello! I spend some time listening what’s going on in a music world – also little bit off of mainstream. There is  lots of interesting music – but even more all kind of music. Now I try to introduce quite regularly some highlights I have heard on the net – very often in SoundCloud, but also in Indabamusic, YouTube…You name it…

I try choose some theme every time. Let’s begin with some professional scandinavian composers who has high profile in soundtrack and tv-music.

Danish political drama Borgen (2010-) has now rolled for two seasons (seen twice in finnish channel Fem) – third season comes out in this spring (here in Finland, can be out in Denmark…). Composer of this epic music is called Halfdan E.

Swedish Adam Norden made great job in Henrikson/Sällström/Rapace-Wallanders. Here is music from swedish movie Odjuret (2011).

Background for composing series Musik för Svenska Deckare

I´m a great fan of swedish crime fiction both as books and films. They are never black-and-white and always includes some social aspects. They can be very violent and brutal, but they still have some human touch in them. Oh yes, small criminals has always finnish name…

There are some common aspects in that film music also, here are few examples:

– minimalistic piano (for example Adam Nordens music for 12 first ”Henrikson-Wallanders”, Spotify-link)

– more guitar than, for example, in finnish and american film music – I like as guitarist that!

– folkloristic elements

– rhythmic ambiguity

– original swedish sense of sound design: very tastefully mixed film soundscapes to the music

Let´s listen Johan Nilsson´s great opening title for Höök (SVT 2007)

– time signature is more 3+3+2/8 than 4/4

– listen the sounds of northern-swedish Luleå in opening!

– use of traditional swedish instruments: strings, flute, percussion

Music is really shamanistic! Music brings the listener immediatly to the dark land of ice and snow! By the way, Höök´s second season begins in FST5 friday 6. August!

In the spring 2009, I began to make music that was deeply inspired by swedish film music. Work goes still on. In future I will explain more detailed things about these tunes. Part of that music can heard in my Soundcloud-page.