In 2013, Norwegian best-selling author Tom Egeland wrote the award winning KATAKOMBENS HEMMELIGHET (The Secret of the Catacomb), a suspense novel for youths. In 2019, The Norwegian Broadcasting Company NRK went on to produce an epic radio drama series of this already great source material. For this project I got to work with director Guri Skeie and sound designer Hilde Rolfsnes again, which was a happy reunion, having previously worked together on ANGKOR-MYSTERIET and LUXOR-MYSTERIET way back in 2010 and 2011.
For crafting the musical soundscape of this "Da Vinci Code"-esque action adventure, I went after a half symphonic, half electronic aesthetic, with lush strings and lovely synth arpeggios. The ancient mystery and creepy sect of fanatic monks always lurking in the background, meant that I also could not avoid using some Gregorian chant doomsday drones. I also chose to embrace certain synth choir samples that border deliberately on "kitch"!
A soundtrack album was released November 1, 2019. It is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon, and every other decent digital music service.