Yesterday, Thursday, January 6, 2022, was released on Netflix the movie ‘El Páramo / The Wasteland’ directorial debut of David Casademunt, with soundtrack by orchestra conductor and composer Diego Navarro.
The film had already been presented last October 10, 2021 at the Sitges International Film Festival, event to which SoundTrackFest was invited. There, the film had a great reception, but it has been necessary to wait a few months more for everyone to be able to enjoy it.
Below, we leave you the trailer and the link to watch the film on Netflix:
This news would be the news of just another premiere, were it not for the fact that its soundtrack, created by conductor and composer Diego Navarro, was recorded in Krakow in August 2021 and SoundTrackFest was invited to the event.
On Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th of August, the recording sessions took place at the Polish S-3 TVP Studios in Krakow, where the Beethoven Academy Orchestra conducted by Diego Navarro, gave life for the first time to the soundtrack of the film. In the recording predominated the string section, with the participation of piano, celesta, harp, and flutes.
The technical team of these sessions was formed by Pedro J. Mérida (score coordinator), Gonzalo de Araoz Vigil (assistant to Diego Navarro), and Bartek Staniak (recording engineer), with the presence of Marcin Klejdysz (producer of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra) and Agata Grabowiecka (KBF / Krakow FMF – Film Music Festival). It should be noted that the role of the Krakow FMF and its brotherhood with Fimucité, were fundamental for these recordings to take place in Krakow, days before the celebration of the 14th edition of the festival.
In addition to the technical team, these sessions were attended by the director of the film David Casademunt, very interested in the whole creative process surrounding the music of his movie, and Gorka Oteiza, founder and director of SoundTrackFest, who kept an eye on all the details of the event.
And now, we bring you the special interview we have prepared with Diego Navarro and David Casademunt using material from those recording sessions, and conversations about the process of creating the soundtrack. But before linking to the video, where you can watch the full interview, you can read some excerpts that we found very interesting:
And to finish this article, we leave you two photo galleries, one from the recording sessions and the other one from the premiere of the movie in Sitges.
We hope you enjoy the interview, the photos, and of course… the movie!
Article by Gorka Oteiza
Pictures by Gorka Oteiza & Rafa Melgar
NOTE: More than a thousand thanks to Rafa Melgar for the great video-montage of the interviews