The film world lost one of its greatest musical visionaries on Friday with the sudden passing of Jóhann Jóhannsson, at the age of 48. He leaves behind an incredible discography, made from his sensibility to tell stories with minimalist melodies, grandiose arrangements and meditative pacing that challenged the conventions of music composition. Aside from his own accomplishments as a nearly unclassifiable composer, his film work was pivotal to helping numerous movies deeply resonate with audiences. The son of one of Iceland’s first IBM computer programmers, Jóhannsson was born on September 19, 1969 in Reykjavik, Iceland. While in university, Jóhannsson studied languages and literature, and started off his musical career as a guitarist for various indie bands. Jóhannsson idea of music’s potential, in terms of arrangement and composition, expanded as he … Read entire story.
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