Jupiter’s Legacy Music By Stephanie Economou
Netflix‘s live-action adaptation of writer Mark Millar and artist Frank Quitely‘s comic book series Jupiter’s Legacy is upon us! The epic series follows the adventures of the super family The Sampsons. Starring Josh Duhamel in the role of Utopian, Leslie Bibb as Lady Liberty, Ben Daniel as Brain-Wave, Andrew Horton as Brandon Sampson and Elena Kampouris as Chloe Sampson, the first season focuses on the tensions rising as the young generation of superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents’ legendary public reputations.
Jupiter’s Legacy features an epic score by composer Stephanie Economou. It combines experimental and choral-stye vocals with lyrics sourced from Millar’s original comic book text which Economou translated into Latin.
“This first season of Jupiter’s Legacy offers staggering diversity in style, scale, emotion and time period, so I set out to create a musical landscape through which the score could expand and contract; kind of like a kaleidoscope. This afforded me the opportunity to explore varied stylistic sound worlds, from hybrid orchestral to industrial rock to contemporary electronic,” Economou explains. “At a critical moment in the season, I composed a large-scale choral piece using two of the main musical themes: the heroic ‘Union’ theme and what I call the ‘quest germ,’ which is a cyclical sequence of notes that emerges as our adventure unfolds [Track 28: “Jupiter’s Legacy”]. For the chorale, I decided to source the lyrics from the original comic series by Mark Millar and translated the text into Latin. In order to make this pinnacle moment feel purposeful and impactful, I chose to unwind the choral idea by recording small modules of detuned, experimental vocals with the masterfully innovative singer, Ari Mason. My objective was to have these fragmented vocal elements serve as a kind of musical breadcrumb trail, slowly and abstractly weaving itself into the fibers of the score, culminating in a grand declaration of our main Union theme with full choir at the climax.”
Netflix is airing Jupiter’s Legacy on May 7, 2021.