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04 April 2024

Muse Star Matt Bellamy Records New ‘1984’ Score: Watch

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Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has scored a new adaptation of George Orwell’s novel 1984, see below for behind the scenes footage of the recording at Abbey Road studios.

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The new adaptation is released today (4 April) on Audible, exactly 40 years after the date of the protagonist’s first diary entry in the novel.

Bellamy joined forces with award-winning composer Ilan Eshkeri to create an original score for the series, which stars Andrew Scott, Cynthia Erivo, Andew Garfield and Tom Hardy.

“The music we created is more than a soundtrack; it’s a haunting echo of a future that Orwell warned us about and a reflection of our current societal trajectories,” Bellamy and Eshkeri said in a joint statement. “It stands as a poignant, musical testament to the enduring power of art to mirror, and challenge, the world we live in.”

Actor Andrew Garfield, who plays Winston Smith, added: “I’m very grateful to Audible to be a part of this new incarnation of Orwell’s radical, political classic, 1984. A classic that, disappointingly, humanity seems to need to be constantly engaged with. To keep ourselves awake and remembering that we each have a soul. And that that soul is full of beauty and value. And how vital it is for each of us to resist the forces that wish to subdue and strangle that collective soul.

“The cast and crew is clearly the best of the best of British and Irish talent. It was truly a joy to tell this story for an audience hungry for their own liberation.”

The cast also features Romesh Ranganathan as Parsons, Natasia Demetriou as Mrs Parsons, Chukwudi Iwuji as Charrington, Francesca Mills as Syme, Katie Leung as Ling, Alex Lawther as Ampleforth and more.

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