Norway gunman Anders Breivik listened to ‘Requiem For A Dream’ theme while carrying out attack

The man responsible for the Norwegian youth camp slaughter listened to violin piece on iPod

The man responsible for last week’s twin atrocities in Norway, listened to haunting violin-led piece ‘Lux Aeterna’ by Clint Mansell, formerly of indie band Pop Will Eat Itself on his iPod during his hour and a half long shooting spree at a youth camp last Friday (July 22).

‘Lux Aeterna’ – meaning ‘eternal light’ – was originally written for the soundtrack of 2000 film Requiem For A Dream, and the stirring piece of music has since been used on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent as well as in the trailer for The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, after being renamed ‘Requiem For A Tower’.

Before his firearms attack, right wing extremist Anders Breivik wrote about the song online, saying: “I’ve listened to this track several hundred times and I never seem to get tired of it. It is very inspiring and invokes a type of passionate rage within you.”

“In Lord of the Rings, a good version of this track (Requiem for a Tower version which I think is the best) is performed during the most intense fighting of one of the central battles… Since it has worked for me, it is likely that it will work for you. An invigorating piece of art.”


He added that he would be putting his “iPod on max volume as a tool to suppress fear.”

Listen to the composition below:

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