“More Velvet Underground than Broadway” – Gold Derby
Film composer John Murphy (28 Weeks Later, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Kick-Ass) returns from his eight-year hiatus for the six-part BBC series, Les Miserables, based on the Victor Hugo literary classic of the same name. Watch an interview with John Murphy (below) in which he explains how he approached scoring this non-musical series involving organic elements and analog synths. Les Miserables – Original Series Soundtrack is available now on vinyl from Lakeshore Records and at your favorite retailers.
What happens when a score combines “1816 Velvet Underground meets ’60s French film music” and “gnarly, down in the dirt, French folk music”, but with some vintage analog synths thrown in? You get the Les Misérables series score by John Murphy (Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Kick-Ass)! The soundtrack was released digitally on Lakeshore Records in May, and now fans of the BBC series can own the album on vinyl! See the full vinyl soundtrack announcement now at The Vinyl District! More details below.
“We discovered that you can actually mix a hurdy gurdy with a Moog Sub Phatty, and we loved it.” – Producer Chris Carey
In this latest podcast over at The Annotator Podcast, we get to hear from composer John Murphy himself (Kick-Ass, 28 Days Later) on the process for scoring the BBC series, Les Misérables, which debuted in the US on Masterpiece PBS! So, if you know anything about Les Misérables the musical (this is not it), then set that aside and open your eyes and ears up to the new six-part miniseries starring Lily Collins, Dominic West and David Oyelowo. Listen to the exclusive interview now at The Annotator.
This week, we’re thrilled to release John Murphy’s original score to Les Miserables, the six-episode mini-series now airing on Masterpiece on PBS!
The Les Miserables mini-series soundtrack comes from composer John Murphy, who sought to give the score an experimental vibe… The end result sounds unique, and not at all like the type of music you’d expect to hear in a Victor Hugo adaptation. – Chris Evangelista, Slash Film
Murphy also dishes on the challenges of scoring such a huge, epic, and sweeping story (and a lot more)… – The 405
Premiering today is the title track, “Les Miserables” by John Murphy’s (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Kick-Ass), available now exclusively at The 405! The cue comes off the forthcoming Les Miserables – Original Series Soundtrack, available digitally Friday, May 3 on Lakeshore Records.