Composer Jay Wadley Takes “Restrained Approach” to Communicating “Giant Feelings” with “Swan Song” Score – Listen to Two Exclusive Songs

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline Has Exclusive Jay Wadley’s First Tracks Swan song score, which is set for released digitally via Lakeshore Records on December 17, the same day that Apple Original Film premiered in theaters and globally on Apple TV +. Nine Instant Free Songs will be available with every pre-order.

Oscar-winning writer and director Benjamin Cleary’s feature debut takes place in the near future and focuses on Cameron (Mahershala Ali), a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness who is offered an alternative solution by his doctor ( Glenn Close) to protect his family from grief. As Cam questions whether or not he should change his family’s fate, he ends up learning more about life and love than he ever imagined.

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For the film marking his first collaboration with Cleary, Wadley sought to evoke deeply felt emotions, maintaining both a sense of space and minimalism. “My inspiration for the score of Swan song was drawn from the connection with Cam’s deep love for her family and her internal struggle, her sense of loss and the urgency of her monumental dilemma, ”said the composer. “The score takes a deliberate and understated approach to communicating giant feelings, playing on Ben Cleary and [cinematographer] Masanobu Takayanagi’s discussions of the Japanese minimalist concept of Ma.

Jay Wadley - Credit: Courtesy of Ben Norman

Jay Wadley – Credit: Courtesy of Ben Norman

Courtesy of Ben Norman

From Wadley’s perspective, bringing a sense of ‘openness and space’ to the score through composition, production and instrumentation ‘allows moments to breathe while providing the underlying emotional stream of tension. , love and meaning. [of] the urgency of the unfolding story.

The New York-based composer and music producer is a two-time winner of the Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition to Swan song, he recently tagged I think to end things, a psychological drama by writer-director Charlie Kaufman, for which he also co-wrote and produced several songs. Other recent projects include Heidi Ewing’s award-winning Sundance NEXT 2020 narrative debut. i carry you with me (Sony Pictures Classics), a modern dance piece commissioned from CoLab Ensemble for a 2022 premiere at the Guggenheim, Emma Tammi’s Moon of blood (Blumhouse / Hulu), additional music and percussion on that of M. Night Shyamalan Old and Season 2 of the Amazon Emmy-nominated series, Modern love.

Wadley has also lent his talents to films including that of Rhys Ernst Adam and James Schamus Indignation, as well as series including The files of innocence, Tales of the city and The OA. He co-founded the award-winning music and audio production company Found Objects with composer Trevor Gureckis, after earning his Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Oklahoma City and a Masters in Modern Classical Composition from the Yale School of Music.

Lakeshore Records is the soundtrack arm of Cutting Edge Media Music. The four-time Grammy-nominated record company has also released the soundtracks of acclaimed titles such as Being the Ricardos, The narrowing next door, Bridgerton, To drive, Strange things, The old guard, Cyberpunk 2077, When they see us, The Handmaid’s Tale, Black mirror, Star Trek: Picard, Bojack Horseman, Wretched, Mandy, Narcos, Logan, The walking dead, Napoleon Dynamite, Bill & Ted face the music, Red Dead Redemption 2, Legion, Lady Bird, Moonlight, Little Miss Sun, American factory, If Beale Street could speak and The Hurt Locker, among many others.

Swan song also stars Naomie Harris and Awkwafina. Ali and Mimi Valdés produced the film via Know Wonder, with Adam Shulman and Jacob Perlin of Anonymous Content, Jonathan King of Concordia Studio and Rebecca Bourke.

Listen to Wadley’s “Main Theme” for the film above. The track “Jack Goes Home” can be found below.


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