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The soundtrack for Blade Runner 2049 is sounding epic

Update: It would appear that veteran DJ and producer Paul Woolford is involved in the film’s soundtrack, too, judging by the tweet below.

For Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve has reunited with his long-time friend and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson for the film’s upcoming score.

Jóhann Jóhannsson has worked on several of Villeneuve’s previous films including Arrival, Prisoner and Sicario.

Now that we’ve had a chance to see how Blade Runner 2049 is shaping up thanks to the latest trailer (below) — it’s clear that Jóhannsson has done a stunning job with the film’s highly anticipated soundtrack.

Jóhannsson has big boots to fill when it comes to soundtracking the sequel to Blade Runner, as the original film’s soundtrack was created by none other than Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, better known as Vangelis.

Jóhannsson has praised composer Vangelis for his previous work, and has admitted doing the new film’s soundtrack justice will be “an enormous challenge of mythical proportions”.

Check the trailer for Blade Runner 2049 below, which gives you a flavour of how the film, and it’s accompanying soundtrack, are shaping up ahead of the film’s release this October.

  • Craig Macey

    The Arrival soundtrack was excellent. I expect this to be nothing less. Just waiting to snap it up


    They’ve both done some our favourite films :)

  • Ryan Tidd

    el-p was scoring this movie before it was a concept. Gross negligence not to get him for the real deal.

  • Jarkko Hietanen

    Trailers are 99% of the time NOT “scored” by the composer of the film. I seriously doubt the trailer’s music in this case is Johann’s. Trailer houses give out pitches for trailer composers with specific briefs. In this case it probably was “remix vangelis for new blade runner trailer”. Then they select the best pitch and license the track. It will never end up in the actual movie and it will never have anything to do with the original score of the film.

  • Jürgen Erhard

    It sounds epic.

    Yup, trailer sounds epic.

    Which means trailer sounds wrong.

  • Trailer music rarely shapes up to be anything like the final score to a movie, and these days it’s either bought off the shelf and edited into shape, or commissioned. In this case, it’s “Decay” by Ciaran Birch (Elephant Music) and “Terminus Drift” by Joshua Sabin which have been used to back the BR2049 trailer. I doubt Jóhannsson’s score will sound anything like this.

  • MadFerret9

    does someone actually cut and edit movie trailers by hand, or do they just feed the entire film into a machine and it spits one out?

  • The Trailer-Matic-5000. Better than the 4000, the 5000 can do those bass dip noises as something exciting is about to happen. BEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUH … BAM!