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December 23, 2018
Oscar Fogelström’s AURORA Soundtrack Leaves Port via Screamworks
Screamworks Records ventures to the seas around The Philippines with AURORA, a truly international collaboration between Filipino director Yam Laranas and Swedish composer Oscar Fogelström. In this supernatural thriller, the passenger ship Aurora mysteriously collides into the rocky sea threatening an entire island. A young woman and her sister must both survive by finding the missing dead for a bounty. The soundtrack release coincides with the movie’s premiere at the Metro Manila Film Festival on December 25, 2018.
“AURORA asks a lot of questions about our own mortality” says Oscar Fogelström about his score. “Early on we talked about writing a requiem for the (many) people that die in the fatal boat accident that is central in the films story. It was a great challenge to turn that idea into a real thing, a device that I could use throughout the score. I adapted and rewrote part of the classical lyrics from the requiem mass and had it performed by a choir.” Another prominent theme in the film is the water, appearing in almost every shot. Oscar says: “To some extent I wanted the music to feel like water. The string arrangements in particular have a sort of a wave-like motion to them, swelling back and forth as the tide.” The score features violin solo performances by David Bergström and choral performances by the Johannebergs Vokalensemble, conducted by Jan K. Delemark and MovieScore Media’s very own producer Mikael Carlsson.
Oscar Fogelström has been scoring, movies, TV shows and commercials for the past 20 years. His clients have included such names as Coke, Blackberry, Reebok and IKEA as well as award winning movie directors, including Lasse Hallström for whom he composed the score for Sweden’s entry for the Academy Awards 2013, THE HYPNOTIST. AURORA marks his second collaboration with director Yam Laranas, following their work together on ABOMINATION (2018), which was nominated for best score at the Sinag Maynila Film Festival. As a songwriter, his 2016 song “If I Were Sorry” was #1 on many European radio channels and won him his second Swedish Grammy.
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