Radiohead collaborate with Hans Zimmer for Blue Planet II soundtrack

A prequel to the blockbuster nature documentary series will feature an orchestral reworking of Radiohead’s song Bloom

From the Guardian

Radiohead have teamed with Hans Zimmer, the Oscar-winning composer for The Dark Knight, The Lion King and Gladiator, on a new piece of music that will soundtrack a prequel to the BBC’s flagship nature documentary series Blue Planet II.

The track is an orchestral reworking of Bloom, Radiohead’s song from their 2011 album The King of Limbs, with Thom Yorke rerecording his vocals for the new version. “Bloom was inspired by the original Blue Planet series, so it’s great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark’s sequel,” Yorke said. He called Zimmer “such a talent”.

Zimmer for his part described the project as “a wonderful diversion”, and said that Bloom “beautifully reflects the jaw-dropping lifeforms and seascapes” in the show.

Blue Planet II, which further explores the oceans following the original landmark 2001 series, will air later this year. The new version of Bloom will accompany a five-minute prequel for the series, to be aired on 27 September.

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