DEEP DEEP MUSIC
September 9, 2020
DON’T LOOK DEEPER Original Series Soundtrack by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum Released
Whistle Music, a joint venture between Alcon Sleeping Giant (ASG) Records and Team Whistle has digitally released the original series soundtrack to Quibi’s highly popular sci-fi drama series DON’T LOOK DEEPER from director Catherine Hardwicke (TWILIGHT, THIRTEEN). The album features an original score by Grammy Award-winning composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum (BIRD KARMA, CHAMPAIGN ILL) that blurs the boundaries between organic and inorganic, biological and machine, and acoustic and electronic as the story follows a high school student in central California who sets off an unexpected series of events when she begins to doubt if she’s human.
“I wanted the listener to be carried by the music, lifted by it, safely led by a strange familiar melody that flows throughout the story,” says Nora. “The music weaves and morphs sounds together—flutes with moogs, 808s with orchestra, processed voices with string quartet. The identity of the score embraces a plural space that loves on technology and pushes and subverts the possibility of the acoustic.”
The DON’T LOOK DEEPER score features a string quartet, string orchestra, flutes, keyboards, electronics, sampled heartbeats, boiling water kettles, and voices. Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum collaborated with numerous musicians on the recording of the score—including Lisa Liu and Grace Oh on violins, Alma Fernandez on viola, Ben Lash on cello, the Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra, flutist Amy Raasch, and vocalist Taura Stinson. Nora recorded electronics, keyboards and vocals on the score.
“I had so much fun collaborating with the brilliant vocalist and songwriter Taura Stinson on a number of tracks for DON’T LOOK DEEPER,” Nora explained. “We made lists of body parts and deconstructed robot identities to create vocal shapes and contours. To score the flashback opening of episode 10, Catherine Hardwicke [director] came up with the radical idea of re-recording Diane Warren’s iconic ‘If I Could Turn Back Time,’ performed by an 8-year-old singer. Eden Kontesz filled Cher’s famous shoes, and the track, produced in collaboration with Tim Kobza, bizarrely underscores images of a child dissecting a doll,” says Kroll-Rosenbaum.
DON’T LOOK DEEPER is executive produced by New Form, a Team Whistle company, starring Don Cheadle, Emily Mortimer and Helena Howard, all episodes now streaming on Quibi. Play or download the soundtrack from these sources.