The soundtrack to Woodshock (Milan Records), composed by multi-award winning, renowned composer and music producer Peter Raeburn, will be released on September 22 in HD digital format to coincide with the film’s release date. The film was written and directed by fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and stars Kirsten Dunst– CLICK HERE to view the trailer. This marks the first film written and directed by the Los Angeles based siblings.
Additionally, the soundtrack will be available in vinyl format on November 4 – PURCHASE HERE the vinyl/CD. There will be a small batch of limited edition 180-gram LPs signed by Laura and Kate Mulleavy available.
Peter Raeburn’s score for Woodshock is a stunning example of how the music he writes for film becomes a vital character in and of itself. His music captures the inner world of the film and the heart of its protagonist, seamlessly augmenting the atmosphere and expanding the story’s lexicon.
Raeburn’s score for Woodshock exemplifies the depth of his creative palette. A mélange of orchestral score, homemade sounds, harmonics, harp vibrations, distilled female vocals, bird calls, and “instruments of the forest,” the soundtrack lives and breathes a language of its own under a canopy of the story’s towering and mythic redwood trees.
The exquisite feature film is a hypnotic exploration of isolation, paranoia, and grief that
exists in a dream-world all its own. Kirsten Dunst stars as Theresa, a haunted young
woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state
and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Immersive, spellbinding, and
sublime, Woodshock transcends genre to become a singularly thrilling cinematic
experience that marks the arrival of Kate and Laura Mulleavy as a major new voice in film.
For Woodshock, Raeburn said, “It was very important to not only create, but to live inside the musical realm of the film and the journey of Kirsten Dunst’s character, Theresa. The role of the forest was crucial to finding a sonic aesthetic that felt unique and resonant. I went through a process of working in my studio lab and with the orchestra. In Woodshock, there is a primal relationship between humanity and nature; the soundtrack inhabits and explores this relationship.”
“The opportunity to collaborate and create with Kate and Laura allowed me to explore a musical aesthetic that reflects their extreme sensitivity as artists and as singular storytellers,” said Raeburn.
“Peter is an incredible artist that we connected to deeply. He intrinsically understood the profound connection Theresa has to nature and to the redwood forest. We often speak of how the score is intended to be a method through which Theresa communicates, and Peter’s sensitivity to her grief and psychological descent allowed for him to fully create music that is reflective of her thought process,” said the Mulleavy sisters.
Peter Raeburn is acclaimed for creating unique sonic worlds for each one of his films, always connected by the fact that the music is its own essential character. Peter’s celebrated work includes films with Jonathan Glazer such as Sexy Beast, Birth and the multi-award winning and BAFTA nominated Under The Skin. Peter also helped shape the soundtrack of Lars Von Trier’s Breaking The Waves and composed the music for Raoul Martinez and Joshua Van Praag’s Creating Freedom: Lottery of Birth, which was nominated for Best Documentary at Raindance Film Festival. Raeburn composed both the score and songs for Joshua Leonard’s feature film The Lie as well as the feature based on the bestselling children’s book Molly Moon. His music is also featured in the film Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Peter worked as a music consultant for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick, which was nominated for both an Oscar and Golden Globe for music. Peter has recently composed the score for Danny Huston’s directorial debut The Last Photograph, in which Huston plays the lead.