A trademark of Söderqvist’s scores, KON-TIKI is characterized by a unique atmosphere based on many exotic and unusual instruments, that were recorded especially for this score. "The first thing that came to my mind" says Söderqvist, "was the sound of the conch horn for Tiki, the God of Sun in ancient Polynesian mythology. Tiki is omnipresent in the score, even the opening that still plays in Norway has a foreboding episode with the conch horn playing over the frozen lake.
In the end I think we found a very significant sound with an 'ancient' quality to it." After seeing an early cut of the film, Söderqvist jotted down four different ideas that he wanted to represent the score and the tone of the music. These four concepts: Magic, Obsession, Fragility and Adventure became the four quadrants of
The CD soundtrack of Kon-Tiki contains close to an hour’s worth of the most interesting cues from the film. It includes extensive liner notes on the four concepts and the score – a brilliant guide to give you a complete picture of Thor Heyerdahl’s incredible adventure.