AD ASTRA | Max Richter Uses NASA Plasma Wave Data to Score Sci-Fi Drama

Composed in the summer of 2018, Max Richter’s Ad Astra score takes as its inspiration both the psychological dimension of its lead character, astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), as well as the physical journey he takes across space.

While developing his concept for the score Richter recalled NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Mission, launched in the late 1970s. He took the plasma wave data, detected and transmitted by the Voyager probes as they passed planets in our Solar System, and used this data (via a specifically commissioned virtual instrument) as an element in his writing.  As Roy passes through space we hear probe data from the same locations being applied to the score.

Ad Astra, adds Richter, involves the marriage of music and science – Richter’s compositions lean heavily on his love of mathematics. But they are also characteristically moving. The score employs electronics, strings and vocals to intensify onscreen emotions, to mark transitions between Roy McBride’s inner and outer worlds, and build what Vanity Fair has praised as “a stunning kind of symphony” of sound and cinematic images.

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WOOLF WORKS | The Guardian’s Best Dance of the 21st Century

Woolf Works, from Wayne McGregor and the Royal Ballet with music by Max Richter was included in The Guardian’s Best Dance of the 21st Century. See the full list HERE.  The three-part ballet is based on the life and works of writer Virginia Woolf.

Listen to Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works HERE.

TO THE STARS | Ad Astra

‘To The Stars’ is the first single from the forthcoming soundtrack to Brad Pitt’s eagerly-anticipated new movie, AD ASTRA. The track is released today via Deutsche Grammophon, to coincide with the film’s release in cinemas. Listen HERE.

A sci-fi thriller set in the future, AD ASTRA stars Brad Pitt as an elite astronaut who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. More info on the film HERE.

VOYAGER: Essential Max Richter | Pre-Order

Now available for pre-order HERE.
On October 04, 2019, Deutsche Grammophon will release VOYAGER: ESSENTIAL MAX RICHTER. The 33-track collection will be available as a double CD and e-album and contains work from across Richter’s vast catalogue, including studio albums such as 2004’s acclaimed The Blue Notebooks (described by Pitchfork as “one of the most affecting and universal contemporary classical records in recent memory”), 2012’s Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, performed by award-winning British violinist Daniel Hope and Berlin’s renowned Konzerthaus Kammerorchester; and 2015’s ground-breaking, eight-and-a-half-hour magnum opus, SLEEP. Two previously unreleased bonus tracks from Sleep are also included in this new edition.

GERMANY | Nov. 2019

 

Max Richter returns to Germany with three special performances in November 2019. Joined by an ensemble and Soprano Grace Davidson, Richter will premiere new material from his forthcoming album, as well as the abridged 90 min. concert version of his ‘lullaby for a frenetic world’ ; ‘SLEEP.’  Performances at Hamburg’s Laieszhalle, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, and the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf.

JOURNEY (CP1919) | Performed by Aurora Orchestra

  1. Journey (CP1919) is a new work by Max Richter, commissioned by the Aurora Orchestra. Part of Aurora’s Music of the Spheres, the piece will be performed in the dark and is inspired by the discovery of the first Pulsar star, CP1919, and uses rhythms governed by the same ratios used by the ancient astronomers to describe the orbits of the planets. Information on June 2019 performances in Bristol, Canterbury, Birmingham and London HERE.