Ludwig Göransson

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Ludwig Emil Tomas Göransson
BornSeptember 1, 1984 (1984-09) (age 34)
Linköping, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Composer
  • arranger
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts

Ludwig Göransson (/ˈɡɔːrənsən/;[2] Swedish: [ˈlɵdːvɪg ²jœːranˌsɔn]; born September 1, 1984) is a Swedish composer, conductor, and record producer. His work includes Fruitvale Station, the Rocky franchise entries Creed and Creed II, Venom, and the critically acclaimed superhero film Black Panther, for which he received a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media,[3] and nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Score. He is known for his work on U.S. TV sitcoms Community, Happy Endings, and New Girl.

As a producer, he has frequently collaborated with Childish Gambino, producing his studio albums Camp, Because the Internet and "Awaken, My Love!" among others. Göransson's producing work on Gambino's single "This is America" was met with acclaim and accolades. The song earned him two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, respectively. Overall, his work with Gambino earned him six Grammy Award nominations.[4]

He has also produced for other recording artists such as Haim, Chance the Rapper and Pell.

Early life[edit]

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.

Film composer[edit]

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.

In August 2013, Göransson signed a management deal as a composer for Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation.[5]

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.

By 2016-17 he was scoring True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Central Intelligence and Everything, Everything.

In 2018 Göransson and Coogler arrived at their third collaboration Black Panther.[6] 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. He later traveled to the International Library of African Music in South Africa, founded by Hugh Tracey, where he listened to recordings of traditional musicians to ensure the score had a culturally traditional sound.[7]

Record producer[edit]

In 2010 when Donald Glover first approached 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." [8]

In 2012, Göransson produced HAIM's debut EP and helped establish the band with a brand new sound on the song "Forever". He also produced two songs on HAIM's debut album Days Are Gone.

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. The song won in all four of its nominated categories at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance, and Best Music Video.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • How to Find a Party (2013)

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Difference" 2010 Childish Gambino Culdesac Producer - Childish Gambino
"Hero" - 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
"Glory" - Childish Gambino
"Fuck It All" - Childish Gambino
"I'm On It" - Childish Gambino
"Put It In My Video" - Childish Gambino
"These Girls"
(featuring Garfunkel and Oates)
- Childish Gambino
"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
"Arrangement"
(featuring Gonage)
Co-writer Donald Glover -
"Won't Stop"
(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,

Cameron Hunter,

Jensen Vaughan,

Andrew Martino,

Patrick Gilet,

Martin Seja

-
"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,

Matthew Samuels,

William Lobban-Bean,

Matthew Morris,

James Fauntleroy

Boi-1da, Cook Classics
"Dollar Store" Pell Floating While Dreaming Producer - -
"Fresh Produce" - -
"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
"Redbone" Producer - 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,

George Clinton,

Hazel Cook, Haskins Eugene

Childish Gambino
"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
"Opps"
(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
"TBA" Ye Yandhi TBA Kanye West Kanye West

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2008 Marley & Me David Frankel Composer of additional music

Score composed by Theodore Shapiro

2009 Year One Harold Ramis
Jennifer's Body Karyn Kusama
2011 30 Minutes or Less Ruben Fleischer
2013 Fruitvale Station Ryan Coogler Nominated - Black Reel Award for Outstanding Score
We're the Millers Rawson Marshall Thurber Composed with Theodore Shapiro
2014 Stretch Joe Carnahan
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
A Merry Friggin' Christmas Tristram Shapeero
Top Five Chris Rock
2015 Creed Ryan Coogler Rocky themes by Bill Conti
Seattle Film Critics Society Award for Best Music, Original Song
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Outstanding Original Song
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Outstanding Score
Nominated - Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Use of Music in a Film
Nominated - IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Drama Film
2016 Lincoln Loud: Volume 1 Cameron Crowe
Central Intelligence Rawson Marshall Thurber
True Memoirs of an International Assassin Jeff Wadlow
Inner Workings Leo Matsuda
2017 Everything, Everything Stella Meghie
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King Christopher Storer
2018 Black Panther Ryan Coogler Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Pending - Academy Award for Best Original Score
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Outstanding Score
Nominated - Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Score
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Nominated - Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Music
Nominated - San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Original Score
Nominated - Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Score
Death Wish Eli Roth
Lincoln Loud: Volume 2 Cameron Crowe
Slice Austin Vesely Composed with Nathan Matthew David
Venom Ruben Fleischer
Creed II Steven Caple Jr. Rocky themes by Bill Conti
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Outstanding Score

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
2009–15 Community Composer
2011–13 Happy Endings Composer
2011–18 New Girl Composer
2012–16 Lincoln Loud: The 1000 Times Composer
2014–15 Satisfaction Composer
2016–18 Angie Tribeca Composer
2018 Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj Composer
2019 The Mandalorian Composer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original Soundtrack Fruitvale Station Nominated [9]
2015 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Use of Music in a Film Creed Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Original Score or Soundtrack Nominated
International Film Music Critics Association Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year Nominated
Best Original Score for a Drama Film Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Music, Original Song "Grip" (from Creed) Won
2016 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original Song Nominated
"Waiting for My Moment" (from Creed) Nominated
Outstanding Original Soundtrack Creed Nominated
2017 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, TV Movie or Limited Series) Atlanta Nominated
2018 BET Hip Hop Awards Single of the Year "This Is America" Nominated [10]
Grammy Awards Album of the Year "Awaken, My Love!" Nominated [9]
Record of the Year "Redbone" Nominated
Best R&B Song Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Original Score — Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Film Black Panther Won [11]
International Online Cinema Awards Best Original Song "Opps" (from Black Panther) Nominated [9]
Best Original Score Black Panther Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Music Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Score Nominated [12]
2019 Academy Awards Best Original Score Pending [9]
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Score Nominated
Grammy Awards Record of the Year "This Is America" Won [13]
Song of the Year Won
Best R&B Song "Feels Like Summer" Nominated
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Black Panther Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ludwig Goransson Scores Creed Movie - ROCNATION". 25 November 2015.
  2. ^ 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[…]"'
  3. ^ "'Black Panther' Wins Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media". Marvel. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  4. ^ "Ludwig Goransson". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  5. ^ ROCNATION | Ludwig Goransson Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "How Black Panther Composer Ludwig Göransson Found the Sound of Wakanda | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  7. ^ "Baaba Maal on soundtracking Black Panther's Wakanda". NME. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  8. ^ "Producer Ludwig Göransson on helping create Awaken, My Love! and the Black Panther score". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  9. ^ a b c d "Ludwig Göransson - Awards - IMDb". IMDb.com. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Drake Leads 2018 SimGriggs Productions & Contessa Leshay will be amongst the celebs. BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominee Slate: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  11. ^ Xu, Linda (2018-11-15). "'Hollywood Reporter,' 'Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full List of Winners". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  12. ^ WAFCA Staff (2018-12-01). "The 2018 WAFCA Awards". Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  13. ^ "Ludwig Göransson". GRAMMY.com. The Recording Academy. Retrieved December 7, 2018.

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