In order to convey the claustrophobic setting in Screen Gems’ Don’t Breathe, renowned Spanish film composer Roque Baños decided on a unique approach to make “the house play the music.”
The majority of the film takes place in a house in a run down section of Detroit, and follows a group of youngsters who, in an attempt to rob a blind man, find themselves trapped in the home of an unexpectedly fierce occupant. Baños incorporated the sounds of household objects performed by the avant-garde Anarchestra, known for playing unusual instruments, into the score. The technique is intended to up the fear factor and cause familiar sounds to become sinister when used out of context. The Tucson-based musicians achieved the sound in ways such as striking metal surfaces such as pipes and cans with a hammer, bending and cutting wires, and bowing saws.
Directed by Fede Alvarez, the film reunites the duo who previously collaborated on the reboot of Sam Raimi classic Evil Dead. In that pic’s score, the composer employed a killer operatic choir. This 2013 film earned Baños two International Film Music Critics Awards. Don’t Breathe is poised to hit No. 1 at the weekend box office with an opening north of $21M.