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'Little Orpheus' Takes Jim Fowler On A Journey To The Center Of The World

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Little Orpheus, created by the award-winning studio The Chinese Room, is set in the Soviet Union in 1962.  Sure, there's a space race, but "interior-naut" Ivan Ivanovich is being interrogated for his journey to the center of the earth, in charge of a nuclear device, the Little Orpheus, which has mysteriously disappeared. 

Ivan spins a fantastic tale about his adventures for his Siberian general, who may or may not believe him.  Composer Jim Fowler worked with BAFTA Award-winning composer Jessica Curry to craft a soundtrack that's inspired by film music of Shostakovich, Disney, and even The Wizard of Oz!

Jim says the lovable character of Ivan, and the gorgeous art created by the Chinese Room gave him and Jessica plenty of inspiration.


The soundtrack was recorded at the legendary AIR Studios in London. Long before they arrived at the session, Jim and Jessica gave the studio a "wish list" of the performers they wanted to use.  Because they put their requests in so far in advance, they were able to use all the outstanding musicians they'd requested, and Jim says it was a joy to be able to write for artists they knew would be able to bring a special sound to their music.


The soundtrack is available through Apple Music and Bandcamp.

Episode tracklist:

all tracks composed by Jessica Curry and Jim Fowler

Little Orpheus: A Race to Save the World; Comrades, To the Center!; Agartha and Other Wonders; The Icy Lands of Sannikov; Beef Investigations in Zlatoust; The Jungles of Plutonia; Stealing Eggs; Toll's March; The World Clock; The Fogotten Waves; The Hunt for Little Orpheus

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Thanks to Dick Roberts for Production Assistance

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kate Remington joined WSHU in December of 2000, and she's been WSHU's Music Director since 2002.
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