When it comes to documentaries, there’s not much one can do: the best is always her, Her Majesty “the BBC”. Back in 2001, with Sir David Attenborough they created the series entitled “The Blue Planet”, dedicated to the marine environment and described as “the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s oceans” . It had a huge success, with several nominations, awards, spectacular images and (but that’s another story) some critics.
In other words, a reference point not only for those who work in the field of science communication, but most of all for those who like to be also spectators.
In the wake of this huge success, in 2017 the BBC produced the second season of the series, entitled “The Blue Planet II”. But could it be improved? With new shooting techniques, of course, new evocative images and above all a worthy soundtrack.
Maestro Hans Zimmer got this covered: even if you have never heard about him (shame on you!), almost certainly you would have heard some of his music. German, born in 1957, he won the Oscar for The Lion King soundtrack, has a star on the Walk of Fame and, among his many awards, in 2016 he won the “Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication” for his contribution as artist. But he also wrote the soundtracks of some other famous movies, like The Gladiator, Inception and Interstellar, just to name a few.
The aim was to recreate acoustics reminiscent of the Ocean and capable of evoking the depths of the sea. For this reason, Zimmer and the Bleeding Fingers producers thought about a tidal orchestra, where the sound is created like the waves of the sea, merging different instruments to simulate the sinuous movement of the sea.
The promo, however, had to be just as astounding. But what to do? Easy, let’s add the collaboration of Thom Yorke (Radiohead…). the two musicians, with the help of the producers, put their hands on Bloom, the first track of the album “The King of Limbs” (not an easy-listening, if you’re not a Radiohead, to be honest), turning it into a hymn to the beauty and majesty of the sea. The original song was inspired by the first season of The Blue Planet back in early 2000s, and with the tidal orchestra it became poetical, evoking and gloomy at the right point. But it couldn’t be anything else, after all.