FREE SOLO  (2018)
Production Company: National Geographic, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation
Distributors: National Geographic Documentary Films
Release date (USA): 28 September 2018

Directors: Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami
Additional Music by Brandon Roberts & Tristan Beltrami
Orchestra Conducted by Marco Beltrami
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
Orchestrated by Arturo Rodriguez
Recorded and Mixed by Tyson Lozensky
Recorded and Mixed at Pianella Studios, Malibu, CA
Music Editor Jim Schultz
Orchestra Contracted by Peter Rotter
Music Produced by Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders

Synopsis: Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.


First of all I'd say that one of the things that immediately appealed to me as a viewer was that you are sort of brought into this process and you are watching the filmmakers as they discover an existential problem. It makes you feel really close as a viewer. It has never happened to me in a movie before. That's one of the things I thought was amazing about it. I don't really know much about the climbing at all. I think I'd learnt most by listening to Alex on Joe Rogan. That's always a question whether you are scoring and when you don't. We talked about it. They had an amazing editor as well Bob Eisenhardt. I came out to New York and we went through the movie together and talked about what music should be doing here and where it should be playing. We maybe spent a day together talking about these things. Music is abstract, so we need sort of a common ground, some sort of a language. There were like two thematic things: there's the mountain itself and it needed some sort of a musical statement, something simple and humbling. And then also the emotional journey of Alex. As Tim was saying the whole thing is like a metaphor for life. And there's the climbing, there is the dark element of "I can die, it's really dangerous," but at the same time it is almost like a ying/yang thing. Because it also supplies Alex's life and gives him freedom and expression and all that. Coming to terms with that I think it was a similar path with the emotional journey that you see from his relationship. It's like having two chords that alternate - one being a dark minor chord that's sort of low and then one like a layer major chord at the heart. And developing from that as this emotional journey takes off. That's sort of thematically what the music is.

FREE SOLO: L.A. Film Festival & FREE SOLO Screening hosted by Tim McGraw
September 26, 2018 & November 11, 2018


N O D E    R E C O R D S    (BFD 154)

01. Main Title & Yosemite Valley (4:41)
02. Freerider (3:27)
03. The L Word (2:05)
04. The Sanni Challenge (2:14)
05. Morocco (2:03)
06. Too Many Deaths (1:20)
07. Tommy Caldwell (1:14)
08. Teflon Corner (2:11)
09. Working the Boulder Problem (1:53)
10. Free Haircut (1:13)
11. Mental Climbing (1:52)
12. Alex & Sanni (1:27)
13. Home Shopping (1:17)
14. Warrior Mentality (1:29)
15. Ueli Dies (3:48)
16. Sayonara Sanni (1:30)
17. June 3rd, 2017 (3:39)
18. Huge Stones (6:47)
19. 7,573' (5:49) PDF

Release date (iTunes): 9 November 2018
Release date (CD): 22 February 2019
Total Time: 50:09
Length of the Score: 90 minutes


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