A Soviet freight train's hijacking leads a haunted cop and a poor typist to uncover a political conspiracy amid the vice and glamour of 1929 Berlin in the Netflix series Babylon Berlin which premiered in October 2017. The soundtrack works as an impressive musical accompaniment to the striking pictures of the series. While scores commonly evoke emotions, this series' score is pre-eminently an accentual element of the series' perception and the sonic reflection of the sensual delight that is Babylon Berlin.
The score's composers are renowned German movie-director Tom Tykwer, one of the series' three directors, and Los Angeles-based Johnny Klimek. The two music buffs had previously created the award-winning and highly acclaimed soundtracks for Run Lola Run and Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer.
Symphonic subtleties are towering up, becoming gloomy-menacing sonic entities, before they're being taken on a journey to the amusement-elated Berlin in the year 1929 by Klezmer-esque clarinets. It's a city where instability becomes a creeping part of existence which performs a socio-political tug-of-war with Berlin's ubiquitous hedonism at that time. Performed by the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and New York's electro-acoustic chamber-band Absolute Ensemble, Babylon Berlin's score is a sensual enjoyment, concurrently challenging and emotionally intense.