Jóhann Jóhannsson

End of Summer

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Released in 2014, End of Summer is an unnarrated black-and-white documentary short that captures landscape images of the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby island of South Georgia. Its soundtrack consists of Jóhann Jóhannsson's original score and field recordings from the Icelandic composer's visit to the region; he's also the film's director. With collaborators Hildur Gudnadottir (voice, cello) and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (voice, synthesizer), both of whom contributed to writing parts of the score, Jóhannsson sculpts a droning, doleful ambience that blends cello, sustained vocals, and electronics to elegant effect. The score has a playing time just short of 30 minutes, corresponding to the length of the documentary.

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