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Life on Our Planet
Music from the Netflix Series


Composer: Lorne Balfe
Performed by: London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal National Orchestra and Anna Lapwood (organ)
Label: Netflix Music
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 13 October 2023

Grammy-winning composer Lorne Balfe releases his score for the documentary series Life on Our Planet via Netflix Music. Life on Our Planet is the story of life’s epic battle to conquer and survive on planet Earth. Today there are 20 million species on our planet, yet what we see is just a snapshot in time - 99% of earth’s inhabitants are lost to our deep past. The story of what happened to these dynasties - their rise and their fall - is truly remarkable. In partnership with Industrial Light & Magic, the series uses the latest technology and science to bring long extinct creatures back to life...

As you'd expect, considering the nature of the show, the score for Life on Our Planet is big and bold, delivering numerous epic themes. It's certainly, thematically, a soundtrack that will stick with you. Tracks like 'Mammals' showcase composer Lorne Balfe's incredible skill at delivering emotive, memorable set pieces, in much them same we he did way back on his incredible score for the console game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Working on the score Balfe says: "It has been incredible to be a part of the making of Life on Our Planet. Being able to work on a show that reflects the passages of time musically has been an enjoyable challenge. From start to finish this project has been captivating, humbling and I’ve found myself on a real journey of understanding life on our planet. All the conversations around the score focused on the emotion. I spent much time researching the earliest musical instruments, such as the bone flutes discovered in ancient caves. By fusing this historical knowledge with modern electronic production techniques, I aimed to create a blend of the past and present, resulting in an auditory and visual experience that occasionally blurs the lines between the two."

Another incredible release from the composer. It's an emotional roller coaster which you'll enjoy for years to come.


Darren Rea

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