Indiewire reports that Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s collaboration with Darren Aronofsky on Mother! resulted in a creative exploration that resulted in much of his score being replaced by a more expressive sound design.
In a press statement, Jóhannsson said: “Mother! is a film where half measures have no place and after Darren and I had explored many different approaches, my instinct was to eliminate the score entirely.”
“Erasure is a big part of the creative process and in this case, we knew we had to take this approach to its logical extreme.”
Aronofsky added: “Where the film works is the audience doesn’t know where they are: They keep looking to Jen (Jennifer Lawrence) to see where they are, but Jen’s character doesn’t really know how to take certain things.”
“She’s constantly flowing between different emotions, different thoughts. We wanted the audience to lean into that, to not give them any relief by allowing them to lean back on something that easily gives you emotion.”
Mother! receives its theatrical release on September 15th.