Romantic, epic, an attention to detail second to none. These were the qualities we had to communicate. The macro shots for most of the film rendered these textures as gigantic landscapes, you are not sure what you are seeing or the scale - it looks more planetary than human-scale. So I played on that - sound design can create landscapes of materials - the cargo bay of a spaceship, storms on Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, a lake of mercury, a galaxy flyby out of the bridge of a starship, the cosmos in the starlight headliner.
The music needed to be orchestral, its scale demands it really, and as we rise up over an ocean of metal a figure appears in the distance. Here the music lifts and grows to the final crescendo.
The coda is back in the trenches of Mars, but made of dark metal. There’s a quiet fierceness to these cars, understated but with unmistakable power and dominance. Solid in form but there's a weightlessness in the way light interacts with it. It feels both solid and liquid.
There are echoes of John Barry towards the end, one of my favourite composers. High strings add tension and a sort of soaring clarity while we are the bottom of a canyon and then synth bass appears over the credits…that makes up for the loss of visual power, adding more support and making the end of the track deeper and more velvety.
Being on set also allowed me to record the sound of the car engine, which I then abstracted - this weaves the DNA of the product into the piece, making it unique and very much an extension of the product itself, which I do wherever possible. I used the overall pitch of this recording to set the key for the whole score.
It's the sound like wind that you hear at the beginning and end of the piece.
Cutdown for the Rolls-Royce Phantom
Cutdown for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended
Due to the nature of the subject matter - the big changes in perceived scale and the closeness to fabric and materials - the films lend themselves to immersive presentation channels.
The final deliverables have expanded to include variations of the track for an online configurator, a Dolby Atmos cinema version and a binaural mix for use in conjunction with limited edition NFTs. This serves to weave together the physical and digital elements of the brand into a compelling unique offering worthy of its world-leading status.