September 1, 1984 (age 34)|
Ludwig Göransson (//; Swedish: [ˈlɵdːvɪg ²jœːranˌsɔn]; born September 1, 1984), is a Swedish film composer. His work includes Fruitvale Station, the Rocky franchise entry Creed and super hero film Black Panther. He is known for his work on U.S. TV sitcoms Community, Happy Endings, and New Girl.
Göransson is also known as a record producer. He collaborated with Donald Glover on Glover's rap releases Camp, Because the Internet, and "Awaken, My Love!" under the Childish Gambino pseudonym. "Awaken, My Love!" was awarded a Grammy for the track Redbone. He has also produced for other recording artists such as Haim, Chance the Rapper and Pell.
Göransson was born and raised in Linköping, Sweden. He began music lessons at a young age and went on to graduate from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In 2007 he moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program. It was at USC that Ludwig met Ryan Coogler. The pair would eventually go on to work together on Fruitvale Station, Creed and Black Panther. Soon after graduating USC he began work assisting Theodore Shapiro known for films such as Along Came Polly, The Devil Wears Prada, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder to name a few. Ludwig's first break came in 2009 as the composer for the comedy Community.
In 2013 Ludwig's first feature film came from fellow former USC graduate Ryan Coogler. Ludwig composed the score to Coogler's critically acclaimed drama Fruitvale Station, based on the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience awards in the Dramatic category at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, also taking home the Avenir Prize and Un Certain Regard awards at the Cannes Film Festival.
That year he also composed the music for the movie We're the Millers.
In 2015 Coogler and Göransson again worked together this time on the critically acclaimed Rocky franchise film Creed.
In 2018 Göransson and Coogler arrived at their third collaboration Black Panther. Göransson set out to create a score that would sit somewhere between traditional African instrumentation and a traditional superhero score. In order to do this he travelled to Senegal to research traditional African music and instruments. There he met musician Baaba Maal whose voice is featured in the score who sings in his native Fula language.
In 2010 when Donald Glover first approached producer and composer Ludwig Göransson about his side project, Childish Gambino, the two were working on the set of Community. Since then they have released three albums Camp, Because the Internet, and "Awaken, My Love!". Inspired by Parliament Funkadelic and black power music of the ‘70s, "Awaken, My Love!" Göransson served as producer and writer for every song on the album. In November, they earned four Grammy nominations for their work, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Redbone." 
On May 5, 2018, This Is America was released. Produced by Gambino and Ludwig Göransson the song features a gospel-style choir and background contributions from various American rappers Young Thug, Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, 21 Savage, Quavo and Offset. "This Is America" debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 31st song to do so in the chart's history.
- How to Find a Party (2013)
Songwriting and production credits
|Title||Year||Artist(s)||Album||Credits||Written with||Produced with|
|"Difference"||2010||Childish Gambino||Culdesac||Producer||-||Childish Gambino|
|"I Be on That"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"Got This Money"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"So Fly"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"You Know Me"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"Let Me Dope You"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"Do Ya Like"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"I'm Alright"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"Fuck It All"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"I'm On It"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"Put It In My Video"||-||Childish Gambino|
(featuring Garfunkel and Oates)
|"The Last"||-||Childish Gambino|
|"Be Alone"||2011||EP||Co-writer/Producer||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Freaks and Geeks"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"My Shine"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Lights Turned On"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Not Going Back"
(featuring Belidna Malaika)
|Donald Glover, Belinda Malaika||Childish Gambino|
|"Bonfire"||Camp||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Heartbeat"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Outside"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Fire Fly"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"All the Shine"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Letter Home"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Backpackers"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"L.E.S."||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Hold You Down"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Kids (Keep Up)"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"You See Me"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Sunrise"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"That Power"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Longest Text Message"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"We Ain't Them"||2012||Royalty||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
(featuring Danielle Haim)
|Co-writer/Producer||Donald Glover, Danielle Haim||Childish Gambino|
|"Blue Eyes Blind"||ZZ Ward||Til the Casket Drops||Zsuzsanna Ward||-|
|"Forever"||Haim||Days Are Gone||Producer||-||Ariel Rechtshaid|
|"One In a Million"||2013||Down with Webster||Party For Your Life||Co-writer/Producer||Tyler Armes,
|"Interlude (That's Love)"||Chance the Rapper||Acid Rap||Producer||-||-|
|"Better Off"||Haim||Days Are Gone||-||-|
|"II: Worldstar"||Childish Gambino||Because the Internet||Co-writer/Producer||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"I: The Worst Guys"
(featuring Chance the Rapper)
|Donald Glover, Chancellor Bennett||Childish Gambino|
|"II: Shadows"||Donald Glover,
Stephen Brunner, K. Muhammad
|Thundercat, Childish Gambino|
|"III: Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd)"||Donald Glover, Rohelle Jordan||Childish Gambino|
|"IV: Sweatpants"||Donald Glover, Jason Martin||Childish Gambino|
|"V: 3005"||Donald Glover, Stefan Ponce||Childish Gambino, Stefan Ponce|
|"Playing Around Before The Party Starts"||Donald Glover||-|
|"I: The Party"||Donald Glover, Jonathan Levi||Childish Gambino, Pop Levi|
|"II: No Exit"||Donald Glover, Miguel Pimental||Childish Gambino|
|"I: Flight of The Navigator"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"II: Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)"||Donald Glover, Lakisha Robinson||Childish Gambino, Sam Spiegel|
|"III: Urn"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"I: Pink Toes"
(featuring Jhene Aiko)
|Donald Glover, Stefan Ponce, Jhene Chilombo||Childish Gambino|
|"II: Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night)"
(featuring Azealia Banks)
|Donald Glover, Azealia Banks||Childish Gambino|
|"III: Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Aurenheimer)"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Somebody to Miss You"||2014||T. Mills||All I Wanna Do - EP||Travis Mills,||Boi-1da, Cook Classics|
|"Dollar Store"||Pell||Floating While Dreaming||Producer||-||-|
|"U Don't Have To Call"||Childish Gambino||STN MTN||-||The Neptunes|
|"Sober"||Kauai||Co-writer/Producer||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good)"
(featuring Jaden Smith)
|Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Retro (Rough)"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Late Night in Kauai"
(featuring Jaden Smith)
|Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"V: 3005 (Beach Picnic Version)"||Donald Glover, Stefan Ponce||Childish Gambino|
|"Me and Your Mama"||2016||"Awaken, My Love!"||Donald Glover, Zac Rae||Childish Gambino|
|"Have Some Love"||Additional Producer||-||Childish Gambino|
|"Boogieman"||Co-writer/Producer||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Zombies"||Donald Glover, Ray Suen, Chris Hartz||Childish Gambino|
|"Riot"||Co-writer/Additional Producer||Donald Glover,
Hazel Cook, Haskins Eugene
|"California"||Co-writer/Producer||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Terrified"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Baby Boy"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"The Night Me and Your Mama Met"||Donald Glover, Gary Clark||Childish Gambino, Gary Clark|
|"Stand Tall"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Self-Help Tape"||2017||Moses Sumney||Aromanticism||Moses Sumney||Moses Sumney|
(with Yugen Blakrok)
|2018||Vince Staples||Black Panther: OST||Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Vincent Staples||Sounwave|
|"This Is America"||Childish Gambino||Non-album single||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Summertime Magic"||Summer Pack||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
|"Feels Like Summer"||Donald Glover||Childish Gambino|
Awards and nominations
|Black Reel Awards of 2014||Outstanding Original Soundtrack||Fruitvale Station||Nominated|||
|Black Reel Awards of 2016||Creed||Nominated|
|Outstanding Original Song||"Waiting for My Moment" (from Creed)||Nominated|
|"Grip" (from Creed)||Nominated|
|Black Reel Awards for Television of 2017||Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, TV Movie or Limited Series)||Atlanta||Nominated|
|Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2015||Best Use of Music in a Film||Creed||Nominated|
|60th Annual Grammy Awards||Album of the Year||"Awaken, My Love!"||Nominated|
|Record of the Year||"Redbone"||Nominated|
|Best R&B Song||Nominated|
|2015 IndieWire Critics Poll||Best Original Score or Soundtrack||Creed||Nominated|
|2015 International Film Music Critics Awards||Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Original Score for a Drama Film||Nominated|
|2018 International Online Cinema Awards||Best Original Score||Black Panther||Nominated|
|Best Original Song||"Opps" (from Black Panther)||Nominated|
|44th Saturn Awards||Best Music||Black Panther||Nominated|
|2015 Seattle Film Critics Awards||Best Music, Original Song||"Grip" (from Creed)||Won|
- "Ludwig Goransson Scores Creed Movie - ROCNATION". 25 November 2015.
- The Making Of ’Wakanda’ With Ludwig Göransson - Presented By Marvel Studio’s Black Panther (YouTube video). Genius. February 16, 2018. Event occurs at 1.45. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
'I called him and I was like: "Hey, my name is Ludwig Göransson and I’m a film composer[…]"'
- Drozdowski, Ted. "10 Questions: Ludwig Göransson". BMI.
- "Childish Gambino - Camp - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- ROCNATION | Ludwig Goransson Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.
- "How Black Panther Composer Ludwig Göransson Found the Sound of Wakanda | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
- "Baaba Maal on soundtracking Black Panther's Wakanda". NME. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
- "Producer Ludwig Göransson on helping create Awaken, My Love! and the Black Panther score". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
- "Ludwig Göransson - Awards - IMDb". IMDb.com. Retrieved August 13, 2018.