Meet the Icelandic Composer Who Wrote Haunting Scores for ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Joker’ at the Same Time

Meet the Icelandic Composer Who Wrote Haunting Scores for ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Joker’ at the Same Time
Chernobyl” was the surprise drama of the season, which benefited greatly from the unique score by Icelandic cellist/composer Hildur Gudnadóttir, who earned one of the 19 Emmy nominations picked up by the HBO miniseries created by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck. Comprised of actual sounds recorded by the composer in the decommissioned Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in Visaginas, Lithuania, prior to the shoot, the result was an eerie score that captured the creepy horror of the Soviet nuclear disaster and its aftermath.

“I tried hard to steer clear of any preconceived expectations of being inside the power plant,” said Gudnadóttir, who simultaneously scored Todd Phillips’ “Joker” (October 4), with a haunting theme that helped shape Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Gotham’s failed comedian-turned supervillain. “I had no idea what I was going to get out of it. I went in with open ears and open mind. I was
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