Jonny Greenwood has provided the score for countless Paul Thomas Anderson films, including There Will Be Blood, The Master, and most recently, Inherent Vice. The two are collaborating once more, but this time around Greenwood will be the focus of Anderson’s lens.
As The New York Times reports, the director’s forthcoming film Junun is an hour-long documentary chronicling the recording process of Greenwood’s new, as-yet-untitled album. Earlier this year, the Radiohead guitarist revealed that he was recording the LP in India with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and a number of local artists.
“We’ve been living here for nearly three weeks and recording an album here, in the [Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur],” Greenwood had said. “The Maharaja allowed us use of the fort, and we’ve basically been living here with 12 Indian musicians and we’ve made a record. It’s been amazing, actually, working with Indian musicians,” he added, “It’s different; there’s music everywhere. Like when we’re playing and recording or rehearsing with these musicians, when they take a break, they go and play more. That’s not true in England.”
Junun is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival, which runs from September 25th through October 11th. Below, find an official description of the documentary from the festival’s website:
Earlier this year, Paul Thomas Anderson joined his close friend and collaborator Jonny Greenwood on a trip to Rajasthan in northwest India, where they were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and he brought his camera with him. Their destination was the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, where Greenwood (with the help of Radiohead engineer Nigel Godrich) was recording an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and an amazing group of musicians: Aamir Bhiyani, Soheb Bhiyani, Ajaj Damami, Sabir Damami, Hazmat, and Bhanwaru Khan on brass; Ehtisham Khan Ajmeri, Nihal Khan, Nathu Lal Solanki, Narsi Lal Solanki, and Chugge Khan on percussion; Zaki Ali Qawwal, Zakir Ali Qawwal, Afshana Khan, Razia Sultan, Gufran Ali, and Shazib Ali on vocals; and Dara Khan and Asin Khan on strings. The finished film, just under an hour, is pure magic. Junun lives and breathes music, music-making, and the close camaraderie of artistic collaboration. It’s a lovely impressionistic mosaic and a one-of-a-kind sonic experience: the music will blow your mind.