Composer A.R. Rahman – The Music of 127 Hours

The SoundWorks Collection talked with composer A.R. Rahman about his second collaboration with Director Danny Boyle on "127 Hours" following their Oscar winning film "Slumdog Millionaire".


A two-time Academy Award winning composer, A. R. Rahman has helped redefine contemporary Indian music. The “Mozart of Madras” as Time Magazine dubbed him, has sold more than 150 million CDS. Rahman pursued a musical career at a young age and obtained a degree in western classical music from the Trinity College of Music, London. He set up his own in-house studio Panchathan Record-Inn at Chennai. In 1991, he debuted with the score for “Roja”, a run-away success which won him the Indian National Award for best music composer, the first time ever by a debutant. Ten years later, Andrew Lloyd Webber invited Rahman to compose for his musical, “Bombay Dreams,” which ran for two years and later premiered on Broadway. Rahman also composed the score for the production of “The Lord Of The Rings,” one of the most expensive stage productions ever. In 2008 Rahman gained global prominence with his score for “Slumdog Millionaire” winning two Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song. Overall, he won 15 awards including two Grammys, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. To date, Rahman has won 25 Filmfare Awards, 3 MTV Awards, 4 IIFA Awards, 6 Tamil Nadu State Awards, 6 Zee Awards, and 4 Screen Awards. Rahman was also bestowed with the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, two of India's highest national civilian honours. This year, Rahman reunited with acclaimed filmmaker Danny Boyle for 127 HOURS. The film, released by FOX Searchlight Pictures, reunites the Slumdog Millionaire team of composer A.R. Rahman, director Danny Boyle, writer Simon Beaufoy, and producer Christian Colson. Boyle needed just the right music to capture the film’s exploration of one man’s extraordinary triumph over incomparable circumstances. Rahman’s superbly eclectic score succeeds by balancing ambient sound, silence and driving rhythms that deliver an emotionally powerful and uplifting score. The Wall Street Journal praised Rahman’s score by saying “as in "Slumdog," A.R. Rahman's score drives the narrative with relentless force” and Peter Travers at Rolling Stone noted “like the A.R. Rahman score that drives the movie, the triumphant, enthralling 127 HOURS pays fitting tribute to Aron by being thrillingly alive.” For his work on 127 Hours, Rahman was just nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Original Score” as well as a Critics Choice Award for “Best Song.” Rahman wants to establish a tradition in western classical music in India and recently set up the KM Music Conservatory and Symphony Orchestra based out of Chennai. He plans to provide a platform for non-mainstream music through his music label KM Musiq and will shortly launch a couple of artists. Rahman has also set up the A.R. Rahman Foundation to help underprivileged children. He also serves as the UN Ambassador for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

Sound Credits

Hugo Adams Effects Field Recordist
Niv Adiri Sound Design Editor
Niv Adiri Sound Re Recording Mixer: Pre Mix
Ben Barker Sound Design Editor
Nicolas Becker Foley Artist
Nicolas Becker Foley Editor
David Betancourt Adr Mixer: Los Angeles
Jason Brady Boom Operator
Andrew Caller Assistant Re Recording Mixer
Alfonso Calvo Dubbing Re Recording Mixer
Douglas Cameron Sound Mixer
Gillian Dodders Supervising Dialogue Adr Editor
Noel Espinosa Boom Operator
Glenn Freemantle Sound Designer
Glenn Freemantle Supervising Sound Editor
Joseph L. Garrard Boom Operator (As Joseph Garrard)
Glen Gathard Assistant Foley Editor
Peter Gleaves Adr Mixer: London
Andy Hagon Sound Mix Technician
Marisa Kelley Boom Operator
Steven C. Laneri Sound Mixer
Adam Mendez Foley Recordist
Emilie O'Connor Assistant Sound Editor
Emilie O'Connor Dialogue Editor
Jon Olive Foley Editor
Palmer Pattison Adr Mixer: London
Richard Pryke Sound Re Recording Mixer
Charleen Richards Adr Mixer: Los Angeles (As Charleen Steeves)
James Shannon Dolby Sound Consultant
Andy Stallabrass Adr Recordist
Ian Tapp Sound Re Recording Mixer
Lee Herrick Dialogue Editor (Uncredited)
Mark Heslop Sound Editor (Uncredited)
Paul Jousselin Assistant Foley Artist (Uncredited)
John Soukup Sound Transfer (Uncredited)