Zedd is expanding his horizons, and you can too, with National Geographic’s new 10-part miniseries One Strange Rock, which depicts the story of our universe and our planet within it. Billboard reports that the Russian-German DJ wrote the score for the series, which is produced by Darren Aronofsky and Jane Root and hosted by Will Smith.
“I’ve always been a fan of Darren Aronofsky, and am really excited to partner with National Geographic to create an original composition for the series,” Zedd said in a press release. “I’ve immersed myself in the visual spectrum and am inspired to take on a different approach by experimenting with natural sounds and exploring grand themes that are representative of the world around us.”
Zedd explained further to Entertainment Tonight that he met with Aronofsky, as well as an astronaut, so he could fully understand the vision and compose something to match. “For me, the goal was just to understand his vision and what he had in mind because what I’m doing is really supposed to fit his vision.”
He also said that the score is very different from what he usually releases, but draws heavily from his own musical past. “I come from classical music, so this is much more in line with what I used to do 20 years ago,” Zedd shared. “I wrote a motive just like in classical music that the entire song is based on. It doesn’t have a chorus or a verse or a bridge or vocals or lyrics or anything… and you know how Darren oftentimes zooms into things really detailed and showcases it from a different perspective? That’s kind of how I built the track,” he explained.
To listen to the full score, you’ll have to tune into One Strange Rock, which premiered March 26 at 10/9c on National Geographic. But to get a small taste, you can watch the trailer below: