Bringing continents alive with music
Geology and music do not normally go hand in hand, but this was the job of composer Niraj Chag when he set out to pen the score for the Rise of the Continents.
Chag’s music has a strong global influence which was ideal for a series covering every continent on the planet. By mixing eastern and western styles, and fusing Indian classical styles with more contemporary music, he created complex and layered beats.
"I try to inspire feelings of yearning, wonder and empathy in my music" says Chag, and it is these feelings which allowed him to match both dramatic and subtle moments in the documentary story telling.The combination of worldwide styles made him a perfect choice to musically illustrate a complex and multilayered global geological story.
Chag is a self-trained musical artist and composer, having formed his first band aged 11. He embraced technology from a young age and has gone on to not only compose his own tracks but also play and mix all the instruments that feature in his work.
Chag has worked on a huge range of projects, from albums, to film scores, to theatre and live events. His documentary credits include The Power of Art, The Age of Terror (BBC 2, 2008), Darwin's Dangerous Idea (BBC 2, 2008) and Origins of Us (BBC 2, 2011).