Sunshine: Music from the Motion Picture

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Sunshine: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Underworld and John Murphy
Released 25 November 2008
Recorded 2006
Genre Soundtrack
Length 55:08
Label Fox Music Group
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Sunshine: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album for the 2007 Danny Boyle film Sunshine. It is a joint composition by the electronic band Underworld and film score composer John Murphy.[1] Underworld has a long history of collaboration with Boyle, having been featured on the soundtracks of Boyle's Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, and The Beach. Murphy composed the scores to Boyle's 28 Days Later and Millions.

The Sunshine soundtrack also includes "Avenue of Hope'" a song released by I Am Kloot two years before its inclusion in the film,[2] and "Peggy Sussed" by Underworld. These tracks are featured during the film's end credits.


The soundtrack release was held up for over a year with lawyers trying to resolve unspecified legal issues.[3] However, on 10 September 2008, Underworld announced that the soundtrack was to be released in digital format shortly.[4] On 25 November 2008 the soundtrack was finally released exclusively through the iTunes Store. On 14 February 2009 the album was re-released on iTunes in DRM-free iTunes Plus format.[1] A remastered version of "Adagio in D Minor" was released by John Murphy in 2012. Although available for purchase via iTunes, Murphy announced that anyone signing up to his site's newsletter would receive a free Mp3 copy, along with a copy of the remastered "In the House - In a Heartbeat".[5]

Other appearances[edit]

Various tracks from the album have been featured in other media. Avenue of Hope appears on an I Am Kloot album, as does Underworld's "To Heal", of which "Capa Meets the Sun" is a variation.

"Adagio in D Minor"[edit]

The most common[citation needed] tracks adapted for other media are "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)", and "Kaneda's Death Pt. 2 (Adagio in D Minor)". Variations of the adagio's progression appear in many films, television programs, trailers, and adverts. Notably, John Murphy heavily re-used the adagio as a theme during composition of the Kick-Ass soundtrack, and wrote a series of variations for use in the film. Other examples include:

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Welcome to Icarus II" (Includes Capa's monologue introducing the mission.) John Murphy 1:59
2. "Avenue of Hope" (Used during the closing credits.) I Am Kloot 4:34
3. "Capa's Last Transmission Home" Underworld 2:11
4. "Kaneda's Death, Pt. 2 (Adagio In D Minor)" John Murphy 2:58
5. "Mercury" Underworld & John Murphy 2:10
6. "Kaneda's Death Pt. 1" John Murphy 6:06
7. "Searle Finds the Crew of Icarus I / Floating Free / Searle's Last Blast" Underworld & John Murphy 3:11
8. "Freezing Outside: Harvey" John Murphy & Underworld 2:54
9. "Trey's Fate" Underworld 2:42
10. "Pinbacker Slashes Capa" (Includes Capa's confrontation with Pinbacker.) John Murphy & Underworld 2:32
11. "Corazon Finds the Seedling" Underworld 1:20
12. "Cassie Searches / Dead Corazón" John Murphy & Underworld 2:41
13. "Freezing Inside: Mace" John Murphy 1:51
14. "Capa Suits Up" John Murphy 1:54
15. "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)" (Includes Cassie discussing her dreams of the sun.) John Murphy 4:27
16. "Capa's Jump" John Murphy 1:20
17. "Distortions" Underworld 5:40
18. "Capa Meets the Sun (To Heal)" (Includes Capa's transmission to Earth.) Underworld 2:18
19. "Peggy Sussed" (Used during the closing credits.) Underworld 2:27
Total length: 55:08


  1. ^ a b "Sunshine (Music from the Motion Picture)". iTunes Preview. Apple. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gods & Monsters by I Am Kloot". iTunes Preview. Apple. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  3. ^ David Chen (1 December 2008). "Sunshine Soundtrack Sees the Light of Day After All". Slashfilm. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Tobias. "Underworld & John Murphy: Announce 'Sunshine' Soundtrack Release". tokafi. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Official John Murphy NEWSLETTER". Retrieved 7 January 2013.