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September 20, 2021

Hans Zimmer’s DUNE Original Motion Picture Soundtrack now available from Watertower Music

WaterTower Music has today released the DUNE Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the latest of three separate album releases of music from and in celebration of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ DUNE, the highly-anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestselling book from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (ARRIVAL, BLADE RUNNER 2049). All three albums feature the music of legendary composer Hans Zimmer (INTERSTELLAR, INCEPTION, GLADIATOR, DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY). The DUNE soundtrack album features 22 tracks of music from the film and is being released in both standard digital and CD configurations as well as a digital release in Dolby Atmos Music – a listening technology he has wholeheartedly embraced for the music of DUNE.

Dolby Atmos Music goes beyond the ordinary listening experience and puts you inside the song in a spatial way, via a listener’s enabled headphones, revealing every detail of the music with unparalleled clarity and depth, similar to the audio experience of a cinema. On releasing his first Dolby Atmos Music soundtrack, Zimmer explained, “I was inspired to look at this music in a different way and to take the audience on of journey beyond the movie. To fully showcase these unique sounds and this soundtrack, I felt it must be available via an immersive technology that utilizes spatial audio. So, it was decided to deliver it in Dolby Atmos.”

The prolific composer took a unique approach in creating the music of DUNE. He decided that, since Dune was about a different civilization, he would invent instruments to accompany that concept, instead of utilizing solely standard instrumentation.  “Hans spent months and months creating new instruments, defining, creating, and seeking new sounds, pushing the envelope,” described Villeneuve. “The musicianship is extraordinary, and this is not your normal orchestral score.” 

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, DUNE tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential – only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

The film began opening in select markets around the world beginning September 15, and is scheduled to open in the U.S. on October 22 in theaters and on HBO Max.

The Soundtrack album is available from these links.

 – via WaterTower Music

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