Kristian Eidnes Andersen is a Danish composer with more than 30 years of experience in film music and sound.
With a degree from The National Film School of Denmark he has designed sound and arranged compositions on more than 100 films including a long list of Lars von Trier's productions a.o. Manderley, Antichrist, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac. He has collaborated numerous times with Norwigian Per Olav Sørensen on the tv-series The Half Brother, The Heavy Water War, Nobel and upcoming Netflix series Quicksand.
Kristian Eidnes Andersen favours both big productions with directors such as Lars Von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives), but also more independent films and documentaries such as Democrats (2014), Something better to come (2014) A Caretakers Tale (2011), and The Weight of Elephant's (2012), all with an international festival and theatrical life.
He won a special Bodil for the sound design of Anticrist (2010)and was nominated for a Harpa award for Amada Kernell's Sámi blood (2018).
Described as an existential trip to suburban Hell, Vivarium follows a young couple looking to for the perfect place to live. In search of their dream home, the couple find themselves trapped in a bizarre labyrinthine neighborhood of identical houses. In time, the surreal situation spirals further and further out of control.
Recently, I got the chance to listen to the original motion picture soundtrack for Vivarium. Described as an existential trip to suburban Hell, Vivarium follows a young couple looking for the perfect place to live. In search of their dream home, the couple find themselves trapped in a bizarre labyrinthine neighborhood of identical houses. In time, the surreal situation spirals further and further out of control. The soundtrack for this film was written by Danish composer Kristian Eidnes Andersen. He received a degree from the National Film School of Denmark, and has been sound designer on more than 80 films. As a score composer, Eidnes Andersen has credit for more than 20 titles including von Triers Antichrist, Thomas Vinterberg's Submarino, and Per Fly's The Woman That Dreamed About a Man.
The big thing that strikes me about Eidnes Andersen's soundtrack for Vivarium is how the entire thing is filled with a sense of "the Other." That is to say, you listen to this music, and it gives you chills because it doesn't sound like anything that came from here, it is "other than" and that's something that can instinctively set nerves on edge, which can be good if that's the feeling a composer is going for. Given the plot of Vivarium sees a couple trapped in a simulacrum of suburbia, I think this was very much the idea the composer had in mind.
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