First ever CD release using eco-friendly seaweed packaging for Our Planet soundtrack10:28, 28th March 2019
On 5 April, Decca Records/Universal team up with Globe, Netflix and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to release the powerfully moving soundtrack to upcoming series Our Planet.
From the creator of Planet Earth, and narrated by the inimitable Sir David Attenborough, the new eight-part Netflix original documentary series explores the current issues facing the sustainability of life on earth. Academy award-winning composer Steven Price has developed a richly thematic score across the eight films that provides a unified soundtrack to the series, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Price said: ‘For every moment across the eight films, from scenes of epic scale to those of incredible intimacy, my focus has always been on the emotional connection that the music could provide in support of the remarkable images. My hope is that the music for these films can take the audience on a real journey, helping to inspire the changes we need to care for our home.’
Known for speaking up on behalf of the planet and its species, Grammy-nominated singer Ellie Goulding was first to be approached by Price to develop the original track, In This Together. Describing the project, she commented: ‘It’s a series that simultaneously wakes you up to the emergency but also instils wonderment. Watch it, and you will never take the earth for granted again.’
In Decca’s 90th year, the label still paves the way for change in the music industry with innovative new production technologies. The album packaging is an ecological material made from algae and FSC fibres, Shiro Alga Carta, developed as a way to reprocess the damaging algal blooms of the Venice lagoon into a sustainable paper product. Due to its success, the concept has been extended to other fragile marine areas across the world.
The release marks a month of increased awareness about the natural world, culminating in Earth Day on 22 April. The soundtrack is available on CD and vinyl, with eight digital albums released to accompany each episode, available to stream and download from 5 April.