Jonny Greenwood scores Murakami movie

Composer-in-residence for the BBC’s concert orchestra, member of Radiohead, and all- round musical genius, Jonny Greenwood, is about to provide the score for the upcoming, Anh Hung Tran-directed film Norwegian Wood. The film is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Haruki Murakami, and will feature the composition “Doghouse” that Greenwood performed last month at the BBC’s famous Maida Vale Studios.

Whilst the novel and film focus on the character Toru Watanabe’s intimate thoughts as he reminisces over two relationships with two women, Greenwood says the initial score came about in places all over the world, often during late nights in less than romantic settings. He described the writing of the piece to the BBC; “I wrote this piece mostly in hotels and dressing rooms while touring with Radiohead. This was more practical than glamorous – lots of time sitting around indoors, lots of instruments about – and aside from picking up a few geographical working titles, I can’t think that it had any effect where, on tour, it was written.”

Greenwood previously won acclaim for the incredible score he created for There Will Be Blood in 2007.

And just in case you’re doubting any of this, IMDB lists Jonny Greenwood as doing the “original music” for the film, which is being released in Japan in December. Which means we will probably get it around 2020.

A performance of “Doghouse” will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on March 19 at 2 p.m. Too bad we don’t live in Great Britain.