Lakeshore Records presents the original score for Tracks
Lakeshore Records will release the Tracks – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album digitally on September 30th, and on CD October 28, 2014. The album features original score by Garth Stevenson.
“For most of my life as a musician, nature has been my primary source of inspiration,” said Stevenson. “Having spent so much time working on music directly in nature, I had a clear vision of how to depict the Australian desert with sound. John [Curran, director] and I discussed trading the literal dryness of sound in the desert for a more reverberant openness that would depict the vastness of the landscape most accurately.”
New York-based double bassist and composer, Garth Stevenson, creates music for film and television, drawing his inspiration from nature. Stevenson lent an anguished beauty to the Antarctic-set drama RED KNOT, and sensitively scored the PBS Independent Lens documentary YOUNG LAKOTA—which tackled a story about Native Americans, politics, and abortion. Garth is currently working on the score for the drama TEN THOUGHSAND SAINTS starring Hailee Steinfeld and Ethan Hawke.
Stevenson grew up in the mountains of Western Canada, where he learned to play piano and double bass, and cultivated a harmony with nature. He studied at Berklee College of Music before launching into an active career of composing and performing. His time spent outdoors with his 150-year-old bass has inspired two studio albums, most recently the highly reviewed FLYING. He has also played his instrument on more than 50 studio albums for other artists.
TRACKS tells the incredible true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who in 1977 undertook a perilous solo trek across 1,700 miles of stunning Australian outback. Abandoning City life, Robyn arrives in Alice Springs and declares her ambition to cross the desert to the Indian Ocean to the amusement of the locals. However after months of camping out and working on a camel farm people begin to take her seriously. A chance meeting with National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan provides her with the necessary financing for her expedition under the condition that he be allowed to photograph parts of her journey for the magazine. With only her dog and four unpredictable camels for company, she embarks on an inspiring and life-changing journey of self-discovery.
“John liked my experimental approach to recording the double bass and wanted to know how I would apply this to other instruments,” explained Stevenson. “After our initial talk I spent the night searching for new sounds in the studio and at 2AM found myself lying under the piano bowing the strings with twine covered in bass rosin. This sound can be heard near the end of the opening scene.”