Radiohead's Thom Yorke makes first film soundtrack

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke embarked on his first venture into making a film soundtrack for horror movie Suspiria.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke embarked on his first venture into making a film soundtrack for horror movie Suspiria.PHOTO: AFP

VENICE • Thom Yorke has produced some "really frightening noises" for horror movie Suspiria (2018) - his first venture into making a film soundtrack - as well as tunes of "sadness and sweetness".

The Radiohead frontman has followed bandmate Jonny Greenwood into film music.

Greenwood wrote the acclaimed score for the 2007 Daniel Day-Lewis movie There Will Be Blood and was nominated for an Oscar this year for another Day-Lewis/ Paul Thomas Anderson collaboration, Phantom Thread (2017).

But for Yorke, it has marked a big departure.

"It was like nothing I'd ever done before, even vaguely... It was in at the deep end," he told Reuters in Venice where Suspiria, a remake of the 1970s cult classic, had its world premiere.

The movie stars Dakota Johnson as an American ingenue studying at a deeply sinister dance academy in Berlin run by Tilda Swinton.

As the opening credits roll, Radiohead fans in the audience will instantly recognise Yorke's voice, accompanied by a simple piano backing.

"It's me making a record that's not essentially one of my electronic things," said Yorke, whose two solo albums left Radiohead's rock guitars behind in favour of computerised music.

"It's me making some really, really, really frightening noises. But then there's a sadness and sweetness and it goes to lots of different places."

Yorke, who was 23 when unknown English band Radiohead released Creep, a song that set the template for their tendency to combine gentle melodies with furious rock, turns 50 next month.

REUTERS

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