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The Green Planet (Original Television Soundtrack)
Artist
Benji Merrison & Will Slater
Label
Silva Screen Records
Catalogue Number
SILED1671
Release Date
April 22, 2022

Benji Merrison and Will Slater’s lush and atmospheric soundtrack to BBC Earth’s 5-episode TV series narrated by David Attenborough. The series takes place across five worlds - tropical, water, seasonal, desert and human and shows these worlds from a plant’s eye view. It treats plants as protagonists and follows their story at their own pace, whilst they strive to reproduce, communicate, and survive. The Guardian describes the viewing experience “From glowing bioluminescent fungus to 7,000 different camera set-ups for ants, the veteran broadcaster’s miraculous profile of plant life will have you gasping in astonishment so often you’ll be breathless”.

The original soundtrack was composed by Benji Merrison and Will Slater. “The challenge was to create a score which allows the audience to connect with plants on an emotional level, much more of a conundrum than when scoring for the animal kingdom.” says Benji Merrison. He then describes the composition process “We recorded a number of experimental sessions, using unconventional instrumentation, both acoustic and electronic. We also experimented recording electronic signals from plants, and translating this into audio. For the more traditional sound elements, we recorded individual orchestral sections, building up a library of textures, phrases and orchestral colours. A kind of ‘modular’ musical kit of parts. During the ‘coal-face’ period of the scoring, we re-sampled ourselves, by processing and integrating these modular components into aspects of the final cues, finishing them off with additional recording sessions. This created a sort of ‘real, but not real’ sound, which was very effective in bringing the audience inside the surreal wonder of the plant world.”


Tracklist

DISC ONE

  1. THE GREEN PLANET - Green Planet Title
  2. TROPICAL WORLDS - Hyperlapse
  3. TROPICAL WORLDS - Change is Coming
  4. TROPICAL WORLDS - Race For Light
  5. TROPICAL WORLDS - Phosphorescent Forest
  6. TROPICAL WORLDS - Formation of Rain
  7. TROPICAL WORLDS - Ancient Rainforest
  8. TROPICAL WORLDS - Kinkajoo
  9. TROPICAL WORLDS - Skygardens
  10. TROPICAL WORLDS - Rafflesia
  11. TROPICAL WORLDS - Dipterocarps
  12. TROPICAL WORLDS - Fine White Threads
  13. TROPICAL WORLDS - Invaders of the Forest
  14. TROPICAL WORLDS - Seven Hour Flower
  15. TROPICAL WORLDS - Reconnecting Fragments
  16. WATER WORLDS - Arriving in their Thousands
  17. WATER WORLDS - Emerald Kingdom
  18. WATER WORLDS - Pantanal
  19. WATER WORLDS - Plant Nemesis
  20. WATER WORLDS - Rapidly Growing Leaf
  21. WATER WORLDS - Change in the Weather
  22. WATER WORLDS - Ever Deeper Water
  23. WATER WORLDS - Share of the Sun
  24. WATER WORLDS - Cano Cristales
  25. WATER WORLDS - Waterworld in the Sky
  26. WATER WORLDS - Bladderwort
  27. WATER WORLDS - Blood Red Tentacles
  28. WATER WORLDS - Quarter of a Million
  29. WATER WORLDS - Many Precious Seeds
  30. WATER WORLDS - Coast of Formentera
  31. WATER WORLDS - Seagrass

DISC TWO

  1. DESERT WORLDS - Deserts Title
  2. DESERT WORLDS - Once in a Decade
  3. DESERT WORLDS - Masters of Disguise
  4. DESERT WORLDS - Stone Plant
  5. DESERT WORLDS - Perfect Deception
  6. DESERT WORLDS - Signals and Veins
  7. DESERT WORLDS - Cholla Buds
  8. DESERT WORLDS - Inhospitable Island
  9. DESERT WORLDS - Baobabs
  10. DESERT WORLDS - Saguaro Strategy
  11. DESERT WORLDS - Fragmentation
  12. SEASONAL WORLDS - Hero Seed
  13. SEASONAL WORLDS - Sugar Maples
  14. SEASONAL WORLDS - Little Solar Panels
  15. SEASONAL WORLDS - Lurking in the Shadows
  16. SEASONAL WORLDS - Catching the Scent
  17. SEASONAL WORLDS - Hammer Orchid
  18. SEASONAL WORLDS - Temperatures Rise
  19. SEASONAL WORLDS - Fire Lilies
  20. SEASONAL WORLDS - Lifting Them Higher
  21. SEASONAL WORLDS - Seasonal Forest Floors
  22. SEASONAL WORLDS - More Vulnerable Than Ever
  23. SEASONAL WORLDS - Changing Climate
  24. HUMAN WORLDS - Weeds
  25. HUMAN WORLDS - Anchor Points
  26. HUMAN WORLDS - Meghalaya
  27. HUMAN WORLDS - Ancestral Grasses
  28. HUMAN WORLDS - Living Bridges
  29. HUMAN WORLDS - Agricultural Spectacle
  30. HUMAN WORLDS - Cloud Forest
  31. HUMAN WORLDS - Almond Flowers
  32. HUMAN WORLDS - Finding a Balance
  33. HUMAN WORLDS - Returning The Land
  34. HUMAN WORLDS - A Greener Planet

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Green Planet Title 1:01 Buy

    Green Planet Title

  2. 2 Hyperlapse 1:54 Buy

    Hyperlapse

  3. 3 Change is Coming 1:17 Buy

    Change is Coming

  4. 4 Race For Light 4:54 Buy

    Race For Light

  5. 5 Phosphorescent Forest 3:54 Buy

    Phosphorescent Forest

  6. 6 Formation of Rain 1:54 Buy

    Formation of Rain

  7. 7 Ancient Rainforest 2:47 Buy

    Ancient Rainforest

  8. 8 Kinkajoo 1:44 Buy

    Kinkajoo

  9. 9 Skygardens 2:29 Buy

    Skygardens

  10. 10 Rafflesia 2:18 Buy

    Rafflesia

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