Soul marks the first time the two have scored a children’s film, though it does deal with the heavy topic of death. The movie follows a music teacher (Jamie Foxx) who dreams of being a professional jazz player. But before he can achieve this, he dies before his big break. From there we follow his journey into the afterlife and how he attempts to find peace.
In a recent interview with Heroic Hollywood, Reznor spoke about the creative process of the score and using sounds “that aren’t of this Earth necessarily:”
“Our first step is always to listen and really try to understand where the filmmakers are coming from: what they’re seeing, what they’re imagining. We spent a lot of time discussing how you’re supposed to feel when you’re first exposed to the Soul world. Then we went back to our studio, which is filled with a variety of real, imagined and synthetic instruments, and spent the first chunk of time experimenting with different arrangements and different instruments and seeing what felt emotionally right to create the fabric of this world.”
Stream the score below.
Soul arrives on Disney+ on December 25th. The score is currently available on streaming services and vinyl.