Gravity
Steven Price

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This year's highest new entry, Steven Price's score for the groundbreaking sci-fi epic was inventive enough to win him the Academy Award for best soundtrack in 2014.

Largely eschewing any sort of bluster or bombast, Price instead focuses on tension, using dense, dramatic clashes of different parts of the orchestra to echo the chaos on screen. The emphasis on realism in Gravity is extremely important and, with that in mind, Price was more than happy to use silence as a tool — there are moments in the film where, amid all the chaos, the sound of nothing at all is what we really need, and Price is unafraid to concede this, which makes the moments that do feature music all the more powerful.

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