“It’s a form of making spells” – Thom Yorke discusses his ‘Suspiria’ score

"It was a sort of freedom I’ve not had before"

Thom Yorke revealed the story behind his score for forthcoming horror remake Suspiria during a panel at the Venice Film Festival.

As The Hollywood Reporter reports, Yorke said that scoring the film was “an odd process from the beginning”, and that the soundtrack for the 1977 original weighed heavily on his mind.

Suspiria is one of those legendary soundtracks. It took a few months to even contemplate the idea,” the Radiohead frontman said.


“It was one of those moments in your life where you want to run away but you know you’ll regret it if you do. I watched the original film several times, and I loved it because it was of that time, an incredibly intense soundtrack. Obviously [1977 soundtrack composers] Goblin and Dario worked incredibly closely when they did it together.”

Nonetheless, Yorke said he tried hard not to replicate the original. “There was no point, other than what I found interesting was they used repetition of motifs, again and again and again,” he said. “Part of your mind was saying, ‘Please, I don’t want to hear this anymore.’”

“That was really great,” he said. “There’s a way of repeating in music that can hypnotize. I kept thinking to myself that it’s a form of making spells. So when I was working in my studio I was making spells. I know it sounds really stupid, but that’s how I was thinking about it,”

Last month, a new full-length trailer for the horror movie surfaced online and featured new music from Yorke. Back in June, a teaser trailer was released which featured Yorke’s eerie and anxious score against a series of disturbing images that included a levitating possessed girl, blood and maggots.