Osmium (Hildur Guðnadóttir/Sam Slater/James Ginzberg/Rully Shabara)
Osmium is a brand new project from the minds of Oscar-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, Grammy-winning British sound designer and producer Sam Slater, Subtext boss and genre-hopping scene veteran James Ginzburg and idiosyncratic Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara, of Senyawa. Guðnadóttir is best known for her work on the scores for HBO's "Chernobyl" series and 2019's "Joker", but the cellist has had a long and varied career, collaborating with Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle and Múm, and releasing albums (including 2009's acclaimed "Without Sinking") on the UK's legendary Touch imprint. Slater meanwhile got his start working as Jóhann Jóhannsson's sound designer and most recently collaborated with Guðnadóttir on the soundtrack to EA Games' "Battlefield 2042". Cutting his teeth as a member of Bristol's early dubstep scene in the early '00s, James Ginzburg is best known for his work as half of industrial-experimental duo Emptyset, and Shabara has been a constant presence in Indonesia's vibrant underground for many years, performing with Wukir Suriyadi in Senyawa and collaborating with Keiji Haino, Stephen O‘Malley, and Rabih Beaini. The four musicians assemble here to create surprising and hypnotic music using specially built instruments, finding a balance between the mechanical and the organic.