Jóhann Jóhannsson, Composer For Arrival and mother!, Dies At 48

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Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Academy Award-nominated Icelander composer responsible for scoring Arrival, mother!, and Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, has passed away.

The report was confirmed by his manager, Tim Huson. Jóhannsson, whose stunning score for Arrival eerily ushered what felt like a new generation of scifi film storytelling, was in Berlin when he died. The cause is not immediately known. He was 48.


Alongside his above mentioned work, he was a longtime collaborator of io9 favorite Denis Villeneuve, having worked with him on Sicario, and he had a decorated career as a composer dating back to 2002. His manager issued a statement, saying, “I’m so very sad. Today, I lost my friend who was one of the most talented musicians and intelligent people I knew. We came a long way together.”

At io9, we’ll remember Jóhannsson as a brilliant composer of genre scores, a man who soundtracked one of the best scifi films of the past decade.


Below, I’m sharing one of the tracks from his incredible Arrival score. The whole thing is streaming. Today is a good day to listen.