Warren Ellis On ‘The Road’ Score

Australian talks about acclaimed score

Australian musician Warren Ellis has spoken about the score to new film ‘The Road’ – involving acclaimed songwriter Nick Cave.

When not leading The Bad Seeds, writing his second novel or giving public readings Australian songwriter Nick Cave has spent his time recently scoring movies.

Tending to choose rather grim subject matter, Nick Cave has forged a partnership with fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis which has resulted in a series of acclaimed soundtrack work. The two entered Hollywood recently to score ‘The Assassination Of Jesse James’ but have followed this with an independent production.

Teaming up with fellow Australian director John Hillcoat, ‘The Road’ is a tale of a father and son’s journey through a post-apocalyptic wilderness. Released last Friday (December 8th) the Ellis / Cave composed score has received plaudits.

Speaking to BBC 6Music, Warren Ellis revealed the writing process behind composing a soundtrack. “One side of the music should support this beautiful story between the father and son and the other side that we wanted was the earth in turmoil,” he said.

“This constant feeling of, it’s falling to pieces, it’s just how it’s going to die out. We had two very different types of music going on.”

‘The Road’ is the latest in a series of Ellis / Cave composed soundtracks. The pair released a compilation album late last year, bringing together many of the more allusive aspects of their discography.

Speaking to BBC 6Music Warren Ellis refused to be drawn on their next project. “We don’t have anything concrete at the moment but there’s offers coming in and we just take them one at a time,” he admitted. “Hopefully there will be something else next year.”

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