Hildur Guðnadóttir - Chernobyl CD/LP

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With first 20 sold albums you will get free issue of Grapevine Magazine with Hildur Guðnadóttir on the cover and feature interview.

How do you transform something silent and invisible and yet inhumanely savage into sound? Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy-award winning composer—and former Grapevine cover star—Hildur Guðnadóttir was faced with this challenge when tasked with creating the soundtrack for HBO’s mini-series ‘Chernobyl.’ What she ended up making is an uncomfortable, eerie, and remarkably beautiful accompaniment to one of the greatest human tragedies in recent memory.

Here's an excerpt from an interview we took with Hildur around the soundtrack:

“It was clear from the get-go that it wouldn’t be appropriate to do a normal thriller TV score,” says Hildur, when asked how she initially approached creating a soundscape for ‘Chernobyl.’ “We’d need to approach the subject honestly. It’s such an important historical event—and we didn’t want to sugar coat anything. It was out of the question to have violins marching in for the dramatic moments.”

Instead, Hildur approached the project scientifically, asking herself, ‘if you could hear radioactivity, what would it sound like?’ “It’s just such an interesting sound world, because radioactivity is so powerful and strong… but it’s silent at the same time,” she answers. “Of course, the explosion was big, but the impact of it, and the actual aftereffects… they are so silent and invisible.”