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Hans Zimmer, Radiohead team on “Blue Planet II” track

English rock band Radiohead is collaborating with acclaimed composer Hans Zimmer to develop an exclusive track for the BBC’s anticipated natural history series Blue Planet II. Titled “(ocean) bloom,” the track ...
September 14, 2017

English rock band Radiohead is collaborating with acclaimed composer Hans Zimmer to develop an exclusive track for the BBC’s anticipated natural history series Blue Planet II.

Titled “(ocean) bloom,” the track will be featured in a five-minute prequel , which BBC Worldwide is set to release on Sept. 27. at London’s BFI IMAX. A tease of the prequel and track will be released online a day prior.

“(ocean) bloom” is a reworked version of Radiohead’s “Bloom,” from the band’s eighth studio album The King of Limbs. The band’s collaboration with Zimmer reimagines the track at London’s AIR studios and features contributions from the BBC Concert Orchestra.

The track is produced by Russell Emanuel of Bleeding Fingers Music, the company that developed the score for the 2016 natural history blockbuster Planet Earth II. Zimmer (pictured) composed the theme for the six-part series.

Thom Yorke, Radiohead’s lead singer, noted that “(ocean) bloom)” was inspired by the original Blue Planet series.

“Hans is a prodigious composer who effortlessly straddles several musical genres, so it was liberating for us all to work with such a talent and see how he wove the sound of the series and Bloom together,” he said.

Blue Planet II documents the latest frontiers of scientific discovery. The 7 x 60-minute docuseries, which is a successor to Planet Earth II, is scored by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Fleming for Bleeding Fingers Music, and is set to air later this year.

The series is narrated by world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough. It is produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit and co-produced with BBC America, German pubcaster WDR and France Télévisions, in partnership with The Open University, Natural History and Specialist Factual.

 

 

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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