‘mother!’: Why Darren Aronofsky and Jóhann Jóhannsson Scrapped the Original Score for a More Expressive Soundscape

‘mother!’: Why Darren Aronofsky and Jóhann Jóhannsson Scrapped the Original Score for a More Expressive Soundscape
Few directors employ a bolder use of score and sound design in creating their cinematic universe than Darren Aronofsky. It’s for this reason the director’s fans were understandably excited by the news that on his new film “mother!” he would be collaborating for the first time with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose innovative soundscape approach to Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” and “Sicario” seemed like a perfect fit for Aronofsky.

It’s a collaboration that, by all accounts, went remarkably well, but resulted in a creative exploration that revealed that eliminating Jóhannsson’s score and leaning on a more expressive sound design was best for the film.

In the film’s press notes Jóhannsson — who according to Paramount is credited as a music and sound consultant in the film — said this about the decision:

“‘mother! is a film where half measures have no place and after Darren and I had explored many different approaches,
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