Galya Bisengalieva is a London-based violinist and member of The London Contemporary Orchestra. She has announced the release of the official soundtrack for Netflix’s inspiring documentary Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive, out on July 22nd via One Little Independent. Galya explains; “Composing music to Joanna’s story was a completely new challenge. Until now my writing has been based on more abstract concepts but now I had the opportunity to engage closely in a clearly defined journey of an individual. A story of the freediver and her attempt to break the world record (men’s and women’s) for distance travelled under the ice, no fins, no wetsuit, on a single breath.
What Joanna achieved is truly inspiring and incredibly brave. It would have been extremely easy for me to focus on the jeopardy of her record attempt. However, the story that is being told is her love of the cold water, her sister, family, and the nature she communes with every day. My music needed to reflect the personality of an extremely determined and loving woman. In order to achieve this, I used the violin as her voice, high harmonic soaring melodies. This I juxtaposed against layers of low warped drone and nature sounds, using field recordings of underwater, cutting of the ice for the dive and the howling wind in extreme weather conditions in Finland. The music hints at danger and the power of nature but always comes back to Joanna’s intimacy with the icy water.”
Check the new track “Elina’s Fears“.