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German-born British composer Max Richter is launching his own record label, which kicks off with a 12″ of music from the soundtrack of Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi thriller Arrival. Released on December 16, the 180g vinyl features two versions of Richter's ‘On The Nature Of Daylight'. The tracks feature as string quartet and full orchestra versions, and form the opening and closing theme from the movie, which hits cinemas this month. The track originally featured on Richter's 2004 album, The Blue Notebooks, and was a response to both the events of the Iraq War and Richter's own childhood. He was initially reluctant to let Villeneuve use it on the film. "When I was contacted by the makers of Arrival, I was initially cautious. Having allowed the work to be used in two outstandingly powerful films, Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, and Henry Alex Rubin's Disconnect, I was doubtful about granting another use," Richter says.

While Richter has provided the opening and closing theme for the movie, which stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whittaker, the rest of the score has been written by Jóhann Jóhannsson.