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PREMIERE: National Geographic’s ‘One Strange Rock’ Score Cue by Daniel Pemberton

What is this world we live in — this bizarre, fragile planet we call “Earth” — anyway? Director Darren Aronofsky and composer Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs, Gold) lead the way in answering that question in One Strange Rock, a 10-part National Geographic global event.

Today, to help celebrate the extraordinary event, Vehlinggo premieres “III-IV,” a beautiful and engaging orchestral/electronic track from Pemberton’s score. The whole body of work, releasing tomorrow via Lakeshore Records, unfurls over four chapters as it helps Aronofsky tell the strange tale of our majestic little planet.

“I wanted to make it much more of an immersive listening experience than just a standard collection of cues from across the series—something that reconnects you with the stories, the visuals, and the world when you hear it,” Pemberton said in a statement. “I wanted the listening experience to harken back to classic albums from the ’70s by artists like Pink Floyd or Vangelis—albums you’d play all the way through. The soundtrack is broken down into four parts—one for each side of a double LP. It’s a continuous musical trip made for listening and not shuffling.”

Daniel Pemberton
Daniel Pemberton

One Strange Rock takes viewers across 45 countries, six continents, and outer space, a perspective that Pemberton deftly matches and complements — in both the intimate and the expansive moments — across his richly rewarding score.

One Strange Rock—Original Soundtrack will be released digitally tomorrow, March 30, via Lakeshore Records.

The Emmy and BAFTA-winning Pemberton, who is currently working on the score to the Sandra Bullock-led Oceans 8, has a deep catalog of work in his repertoire. His scores include Steve Jobs, Gold, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and All the Money in the World.


About One Strange Rock

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (mother!, Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) and award-winning producer Jane Root (America: The Story of Us, The 80s: The Decade That Made Us) collaborate with host Will Smith and eight legendary astronauts to tell the extraordinary story of our curiously calibrated, interconnected planet.

It’s the story of why life as we know it exists on Earth, brought into perspective by the only people to have left it behind: astronauts. This 10-part series from Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures brings cameras where they’ve never been before, having filmed in 45 countries, on six continents and from outer space on the ISS. One Strange Rock guides viewers through our vulnerable speck of a planet among the vast, harsh cosmic arena, revealing the twists of fate that have allowed life to emerge, survive and thrive on Earth.

The series, which premiered on March 26, is on at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 Central on Mondays on the National Geographic Channel.

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