The Music of Life with Composer Jon Ekstrand
We recently chatted with Composer Jon Ekstrand who is a long time collaborator with Director Daniel Espinosa about his work on the sci-fi thriller film LIFE.
This marks his sixth project with Espinosa, having previously composed music for his films Babylonsjukan, Outside Love, Snabba Cash, and Child 44, and the Danish short film The Boxer, which was his first work as a composer.
Life stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya, and Hiroyuki Sanada and it revolves around the six-member crew of the International Space Station as they come into contact with the very first evidence of biological life on Mars: a small, single-celled organism. As they begin to research the specimen, however, this “life” proves far more dangerous than they could have ever imagined. Life was written by Deadpool’s Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and produced by Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn.
ABOUT COMPOSER JON EKSTRAND:
LIFE marks his sixth project with director Daniel Espinosa, having previously composed music for his films Babylonsjukan, Outside Love, Snabba Cash, and Child 44, and the Danish short film The Boxer, which was his first work as a composer.
Ekstrand is a Swedish composer with an electronic music background and as a sound designer. Since 1999, he has worked and contributed as a composer or a sound designer on several feature films, television movies, TV series and short films, including music for the Swedish TV series “Sebastian Bergman,” “Hamilton,” and “Farang.”
When working for Owe Svensson from 1997 - 2001 (sound designer for Ingmar Bergman, Bo Widerberg and Andrei Tarkovski), Ekstrand got his passion for the art of sound and music in cinema. Since then, Ekstrand has become one of the most prolific film music composers to come out of Sweden in recent years.
In 2005, Ekstrand received the SKAP (Swedish Composers and Lyricists) scholar award for his score for Babylon Disease.
In 2016, Ekstrand was nominated for Best Music at the Guldbagge Awards for The Deposit/Det vita folket, directed by Lisa Aschan.