Release Date 02/17/2017
Milan Records today announces that it will release the original orchestral soundtrack to the upcoming Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) epic, The Great Wall on February 17th in North America. The score was composed by three-time Primetime Emmy and Grammy Award-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Westworld, Pacific Rim). Rated PG-13, The Great Wall opens nationwide the same day.
In celebration of the upcoming release, Billboard today launched a special early premiere of the first track from the score, entitled “Nameless Order,” also by Djawadi. Best known for his iconic scores to Game of Thrones and Iron Man, this famed composer has also provided the scores for a bevvy of films including Warcraft, Pacific Rim and Westworld among countless other projects. His score to The Great Wall is sweeping and grand, featuring rumbling drums and an army of strings mixed with traditional Chinese chanting.
"What a joy it was to work with Ramin,” said director, Zhang Yimou. “I’ve always loved his music because it’s so memorable, especially the music he wrote for Game of Thrones. He is young and talented, and is truly an artist who listens to suggestions with an open mind, but he also has a very powerful personal voice."
The Great Wall soundtrack, will be available from Milan Records on February 17, 2017 and on vinyl in March 2017 wherever music is sold. For more information, head to Milan Records and The Great Wall official site.
1. Nameless Order
3. What A Wall
4. The Great Wall
5. First Battle
6. Captive Heroes
7. A Clean Start
8. We Are Not the Same
9. Xiao Long, General
10. At The Border
11. Foggy Loyalty
12. Fog and Fire
13. The Greed of Man
14. Fools and Thieves
15. The Great Experiment
16. Bianling Boogie
17. Tower Tactics
18. Powder Rangers
19. Xin Ren
20. Bridge of Fate
About the film:
Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.
THE GREAT WALL is a co-production between Legendary (Godzilla, Batman - The Dark Knight Series), China Film Group and LeVision Pictures. Universal Pictures will distribute internationally. LeVision Pictures and The China Film Group will release in mainland China.
Ramin Dajawadi bio:
That artistic versatility naturally blossoms from his diverse upbringing in Germany. Born to a German mother and Iranian father he spoke both German and English and subconsciously gravitated towards the piano, playing by ear at four-years-old. In addition to falling in love with Mozart and Beethoven, he would sneak his father’s cassettes of Middle Eastern instrumental music out of the car for personal enjoyment. By 15, he added a guitar to his arsenal of instruments inspired by Metallica.
At that point, he also discovered his dream career…
“I saw the Magnificent Seven, and I was blown away by Elmer Bernstein,” he recalls. “There was something about how the music connected to the picture and I couldn’t stop humming the score in my head. I primarily wrote instrumental music, so the step to compose film music felt natural. I love what music can do in a film—how it can enhance the drama or how it can steer a viewer in one direction or another. I thought, ‘This is what I want to do.’”
He began diligently working on keyboard arrangements and studying classical music throughout high school. Attending Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, he further honed his craft. Introduced to Hans Zimmer a year post-graduation, Ramin picked up and moved west to Los Angeles.
After collaborating with Hans on projects such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, he personally scored Blade: Trinity in 2014, teaming up with legendary Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA and beginning a string of dynamic and genre-bending collaborations. He would work on the animated Open Season alongside The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg and tap the talents of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello for key cues in Iron Man and Pacific Rim. Moreover, he became a frequent collaborators of directors such as Guillermo Del Toro and Jonathan Nolan.
“Whether I approach a film, television show, or a video game, I try to find my sound palette first,” he explains. “I figure out whether I’m going to use orchestra, synths, tribal drums, guitar, or any other special instruments. I love film music, because it can encompass any style and allows me to come up with themes and sounds that give the project its own voice.”
That’s precisely what he’s done throughout six seasons of Game of Thrones. His “Main Title Theme” has become just as iconic and essential to the show as the “Iron Throne”. Season Six boasted one of Ramin’s most popular compositions, “Light of the Seven,” which spotlights his hypnotic and haunting piano and delicate strings.
“I wanted to make it a journey,” he goes on. “The show has so many locations and a sense of adventure. I aim for the music to reflect that.”
2016 stands out as a seminal year for the composer. He’s providing music for HBO’s highly anticipated Westworld series, crafting the score for ‘Gears of War 4’, for Xbox One and working on a bevy of film projects.
Ultimately, Ramin and his compositions continue constantly adapting and enchanting listeners everywhere.
“I’ve always believed that there are no boundaries in music,” he leaves off. “Because so many styles inspire me, I try to embrace everything I can while writing music. It’s an amazing feeling to share these inspirations with the world.