While the movie is already breaking October records, WaterTower Music has announced the digital release (order here) of the Joker soundtrack, which features an original score by Emmy Award-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir (Chernobyl, Sicario: Day of the Soldado).
Guðnadóttir’s composition features the cello as the centerpiece of the score, leading string-based melodies played by a symphony orchestra of 90 musicians.
WaterTower Music will release the picture disc and colored vinyl editions of the soundtrack on December 13th (order here).
To interpret the many themes explored throughout the film, director Todd Phillips very early on turned to the composer.
“Hildur was writing music as far back as pre-production. I was sending her script pages and she was writing music before we even shot, and what she did for the film is so unique,” says Phillips.
Guðnadóttir remarks, “Todd asked me to write some music based on my feelings from reading the script, which I was inspired to do because it truly resonated with me.”
She sent him a sample and recalls, “The film is a gritty character study, which to me translated to melodies that are very simple and monotonic, because that’s kind of the way Joaquin’s character Arthur is seeing things. Then I tried to expand within that simplicity the orchestration around Joker’s evolution not with chords or any complicated music, but with texture that I felt resonated with the melancholia of this character.”
The Joker soundtrack is now available digitally. Vinyl configurations include purple vinyl, multicolored splatter vinyl and a picture disc. The track list, which does contain spoilers, can be found below the gallery.
Joker Soundtrack Track List:
Penny in the Hospital
Meeting Bruce Wayne
Hiding in the Fridge
A Bad Comedian
Arthur Comes to Sophie
Looking For Answers
Penny Taken to the Hospital
Learning How to Act Normal
Escape from the Train
Call Me Joker
Joker stars Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and it is directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips.
The plot centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
The film also stars Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow, Molly’s Game), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Castle Rock), Brett Cullen (42, Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Billions, Barry), Douglas Hodge (Red Sparrow, Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (Maron, Glow), Josh Pais (upcoming Motherless Brooklyn, Going in Style), and Shea Whigham (upcoming First Man, Kong: Skull Island).
The film was produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Michael Uslan, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.