GREAT MOMENTS OF FILM SCORING #3: The Human Experience – Thomas Bergersen

Some people know that I go crazy whenever I’m talking about film music written by John Williams. There’s probably only one artist whose music I love even more, and that is Norwegian composer Thomas Bergersen, popular and well-regarded by fans all over the world for co-owning the trailer music company “Two Steps From Hell”.


Although a lot of his music is used in trailers, he’s more like a freestyle composer – a perfectly fitting term I’ve recently discovered in a Facebook comment: He doesn’t care about what genre his music belongs to, he’s just being creative (which might also be one of the reasons why his music is that awesome, apart from him being one of the most gifted composers I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to…).
“The Human Experience”, an award-winning documentary, is the first and only film he’s scored so far. Despite being incredibly short (the score only lasts for 14 to 15 minutes), it shows Bergersen’s enormous talent for writing wonderful orchestral music, it is clearly obvious that he knows exactly how to write for an orchestra. Also evident are his skills as an orchestrator, it almost feels like he’s a painter who knows exactly which colour he should utilize.
The main theme – you can listen to it in the link below – is just heartbreaking; the string work on the whole score as well as his much-beloved choir writing (just listen to “A Surprise Meeting”..OMG, I’m in heaven!!) are just beautiful – and I haven’t even mentioned yet that he’s also incorporating an African choir (e.g. “Exaltation”) which gives the music a sense of joy and wonder. And that’s basically what the score’s all about: It is a hymn to life, celebrating everything good that exists in our world. Please give this score a listen, I’m sure you won’t regret it! And check out his solo album “Sun” – that’s why I love listening to orchestral and choral music.



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