8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 17 October 2013
Here’s an expansive soundtrack from Simon Fisher Turner; once Derek Jarman’s score guy and now go-to soundtracker for the BFI, having already written music for their restorations of ‘Un Chant D’Amour’ and ‘The Great White Silence’. I suppose this could be seen as a companion piece to the latter - while that film was a 1911 documentary about Scott’s doomed voyage to the Antarctic, this one covers Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated attempt to scale Everest in 1924.
While on the previous soundtrack Fisher Turner used artifacts from the expedition itself as noise-makers to add an extra layer of authenticity, this time around he has (despite having access to such artifacts) instead constructed his soundtrack from a mixture of synthesizers and live instrumentation. It’s a slow and spacious listen, evoking endless landscapes of blinding white snow, unforgiving crags of powdered death standing silent and monolithic where only the very bravest or most foolish souls dare tread. This is serious business alright, and as a stand-alone piece still commands a sense of grandeur and solemnity without coming across as bloated or overbearing.
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