There will be many reasons to watch History Channel‘s “Houdini,” starting with Adrien Brody role as the famed illusionist/escapist. Another is down to Oscar nominated composer John Debney’s score for the miniseries, his first work for director Uli Edel (“The Baader Meinhof Complex“).
“I would best describe the ‘Houdini’ score as Industrial Rock meets Gypsy rooted mystery. Uli Edel gave Houdini such a stylish and über-contemporary look. His attention to detail was impeccable and high spirit of creativity was infectious!” Debney told The Playlist.
The series will track Houdini’s rise from poverty to acclaim, providing Debney with a rich historical backdrop. “All of the score is in the main electronic, with the addition of a solo gypsy violin and cello. Lots of Zither and other stringed instruments were also used,” he explained. “Early discussions on tone centered around the idea of giving Houdini a very edgy and contemporary sound while always grounding the music with period splashes of style.”
Below, you can check out an exclusive first listen of the “Houdini Suite” to see what Debney has cooked up. “Houdini” debuts on September 1st and the soundtrack is available starting August 26th.