Radiohead and Hans Zimmer have released a clip of their collaboration (Ocean) Bloom, which will be the opening music for the forthcoming BBC series Blue Planet II.
The track is an orchestral reworking of Bloom, Radiohead’s song from their 2011 album The King of Limbs, and will appear during the prequel to the BBC’s flagship nature documentary about life in the world’s oceans.
In an accompanying video, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Zimmer discuss the collaboration. “It sort of seeped into my subconscious,” Yorke says of the original Blue Planet’s influence on Radiohead’s 2011 album King of Limbs. “I found myself dreaming of these creatures quite a lot.”
Zimmer added: “I was trying to be respectful. If somebody hands you somebody else’s work, there’s responsibility and respect that comes with it.”
Speaking when the collaboration was announced earlier this month Zimmer said: “Bloom appears to have been written ahead of its time as it beautifully reflects the jaw-dropping lifeforms and seascapes viewers are introduced to in Blue Planet II.
“Working with Thom, Jonny and the boys has been a wonderful diversion and it’s given me an interesting peek into their musical world. They’ve been incredible to work with.”
The composer was recently brought on to compose music for the forthcoming sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049, replacing Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.