Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood to Score Adaptation of Haruki Murakami Novel

March 23, 2010  |  4:00pm

Jonny Greenwood started his career as a film score writer with his composition for 2003’s Bodysong. A few years later, he solidified his reputation as an excellent composer with the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, which many thought was an obvious choice for an Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, the work was disqualified from the Best Original Score category because it was based on an earlier piece, “Popcorn Superhet Receiver.”

Whether or not Greenwood’s next film project, a score for Anh Hung Tran’s adaptation of Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood packs the same punch as his last soundtrack, Greenwood still won’t stand a chance for the Oscar nod some fans would like to see him receive. According to Twentyfourbit, his composition will be based on “Doghouse,” a piece Greenwood debuted for a small crowd at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios last month, which would disqualify it from Oscar picks once again. You can stream “Doghouse” on the BBC (via Pitchfork), but don’t sleep on it; there are only three days left to listen.

Murakami is one of Japan’s bestselling authors and has penned such works as Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles.

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