While electronic artists have been known to score movies–Daft Punk scored Tron, Skrillex recorded material for Wreck It Ralph, and Boys Noize recently worked on the German film Who Am I – No System Is Safe–leave it to UK-house aficionado Jamie xx to go one step further into the avant-garde and score not a film, but a ballet.
The ballet, Tree of Codes, is based on the post-apocalyptic novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and will be choreographed by Wayne McGregor with visuals by Olafur Eliasson.
Eliasson had this to say about the production:
“Clearly Jamie’s music can’t live without movement and space. Clearly Wayne’s choreography can’t live without sound and space. Clearly my art can’t live without sound and movement. Clearly creativity can change the world.”
Jamie’s sound falls somewhere between classic house, old school hardcore, 90s jungle, and the obvious emo influences of his own group, The xx. It’s hard to pigeonhole someone so versatile, but this might be the exact reason why McGregor and Eliasson decided to team up with the moody producer.