The background and incidental music for a film is vital. More often than not, that music influences the mood: providing the emotional background; creating the suspense; and reinforcing the high-impact moments. In some cases, however, the music itself is as powerful as the visual imagery (maybe even more powerful). The Danny Boyle film “Sunshine” is one of these – a great science fiction film, full of amazing visual imagery, all supporting by the greatest music I’ve heard in a film in a long, long time. As I watched the film, again and again I found the music overwhelming me, and afterwards found I wasn’t the only one – everyone talked about the pieces of music on leaving, and for days after.
Once the film was about 80% complete, Danny Boyle sent the visual work to the band Underworld, who created a score. This was then sent on to composer John Murphy, who completed it. Unfortunately, one of the pieces of music (“The Surface of the Sun”) was heavily based on Underworlds “To Heal”, and as “To Heal” was on an album not yet released, the Sunshine soundtrack was delayed. And delayed. And delayed. The Underworld album was released, but there’s still no sign of the Sunshine soundtrack….
So turn up your speakers, close your eyes, and lose yourself completely in Sunshine….