Walt Disney Records is set to release the digital soundtrack to Disneynature’s new film Born in China
The album features original score composed by Emmy Award winning film and television composer, Barnaby Taylor, along with the original track “Everything Everything” performed by Island Records recording artist American Authors who wrote the song after being deeply inspired by the film. The single is available at digital retailers and streaming services.
The story of “Born in China” is fun but emotional, intimate yet vast, and wild while heartfelt. It called for a score that evoked the majesty of China’s natural world. Composer Barnaby Taylor is behind the Emmy winning music for “Wild China,” the BBC’s six part landmark series that was executive produced by “Born in China” producer Brian Leith and originally broadcast in 2008.
“It’s a traditional Western orchestral score that’s infused with some lovely Chinese flavours,” said Leith of the “Born in China” score. “I think he’s done a fantastic job.”
“‘Born in China’ celebrates the epic and sometimes other worldly landscapes of China, while simultaneously revealing the most intimate moments in the lives of four charismatic animals, the panda, monkey, chiru (Tibetan antelope) and snow leopard,” he says.
“Musically linking these animals with an overarching theme is the semi-mythical crane, a bird that symbolises rebirth, an ancient philosophy and belief system that has a strong vein in the ‘Born in China’ film. Therefore, the music had to be intimate whilst also reflecting the varied regions of China.”
Given an array of animals featured in the film, Taylor applied individual themes to each of the central characters and infused the sounds of China into the score with a host of unique instruments, including the Tibetan horn, Mongolian fiddle, Guzheng (zither) and Chinese dulcimer.
Filmmakers called on the New York-based rock-pop band American Authors to provide the compelling and optimistic end-credit song. “‘Everything Everything’ is about how life is so much better when you’re with your best friends,” said band frontman Zachary Barnett. “There are so many exciting adventures in this world and they should be shared with loved ones. We wanted to channel each of the animals’ spirits and journeys into this song.”