Mark Korven: Stranded

Both director Robert Eggers for the period horror film, The VVitch: A New England Folktale, and Mark Korven for its accompanying score left us stunned back in 2016, as they both proved themselves able to convey sheer terror and atmosphere, each in their field. Now the follow up to the breakthrough film finally arrives, finding the two artists working together again. The Lighthouse premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and come in NY and LA theaters on October 18th, 2019. Korven's score arrives on same day via Milan Records (cd/digital) and Sacred Bones Records (vinyl).

"Robert [Eggers] and I were rather like the two wickies that went insane in The Lighthouse, musically speaking," says the composer. "We traveled to some very dark harmonic and textural places. We both enjoy not just breaking the rules, but blowing them to smithereens. The spirit of experimentation was always present."

The Lighthouse, starring  Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, tells the story of two lighthouse keepers and their descent into madness, on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

First taste, the whirring and quite mesmeric, Stranded, presents the composer's intentions to come up with something menacing, dejected, and at the same time grand, and the piece manifestly succeeds its aim.

Toronto based composer, Mark Korven, keeps on leaving his bright mark in film scoring after the acclaimed soundtracks for Cube, and The VVitch. An innovator himslef, Korven is also known for creatin The Apprehension Engine, a custom made musical instrument, designed to produce unsettling noises for horror films.


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