R.I.P. Johann Johannsson, 1969-2018

Famed composer Johann Johannsson has passed away at the age of 48. The cause of death has not been announced.

Johannsson was best known for his film scores, particularly those he composed for filmmaker Denis Villeneuve – Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. He also did the music for critically-acclaimed films like The Theory of Everything and Foxcatcher. Though he had only been working on film scores for about five years, his work was nominated for two Oscars and won a Golden Globe.

Prior to working in Hollywood films, Johannsson released six solo albums, and wrote music for television and the stage. His work combined classical music with electronics and other sound effects to create a truly unique and hauntingly beautiful sound. His most well-known song was the powerful, melancholy “Sun’s Gone Dim”, which was featured in the trailer for Battle: Los Angeles and in the 2016 thriller Nerve.

He was born and raised in Iceland, but his work took him all over the world, and he was living in Berlin at the time of his death. He was a prolific and truly original talent, and were it not for his untimely passing, he likely would’ve had a lengthy career to rival the great film composers like Hans Zimmer and John Williams. A great artist, gone much too soon. R.I.P.

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