“Autism is not a disorder. It’s not a way of being broken. I have unique way of seeing things. I have a unique set of perceptions.” – Nick Walker, SPECTRUM

Composer Frederik Wiedmann (FIELD OF LOST SHOES, JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS) is proud to announce the release of SPECTRUM – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on July 7, 2015, with all proceeds going to Autism Women’s Network.  The album was orchestrated by Hyesu Yang and mastered by Damon Tedesco.

“When Jill Jones (Director) and Brent Yontz (Producer/Cinematographer) asked me to compose the music to SPECTRUM, I was beyond excited,” Wiedmann said. “Their beautiful film captured such unique and interesting aspects of autism, from the perspective of children and adults, from a different point of view, than previously illustrated in other documentaries.”

SPECTRUM combines live action and animation to explore the inner sensory experience of autism. While autism is largely regarded as a social disorder, SPECTRUM reveals the underlying sensory differences that create an autistic perspective. Sensory issues create a world where vision, sound, touch and smell can be intense. The story is a series of character driven portraits beginning with Temple Grandin, the most well-known autistic adult in the world. Other characters include poet Tito Mukhopadhyay, artist Judy Endow, martial artist Nick Walker, and a group of young, energetic children. Rather than fearing autism, SPECTRUM seeks to understand it.

“Freddie’s score of SPECTRUM invites a fresh understanding of autism,” said producers Jones and Yontz.  “The main theme suggests an unexpected but optimistic journey. As we meet the subjects of the film, the music fosters an atmosphere of compassion. Keep listening, and the score builds to something more meditative, circling the ideas of sensory perception, suggesting the intelligence and complexity of our autistic characters. Freddie completes the score with a dramatic call to action to see autism differently. The beauty of the score commands our attention, and these voices deserve to be heard.”

“Our characters in this doc all describe their senses, things they feel and hear everyday, things no one else around them can experience the same way,” Wiedmann explained. “Jill and Brent created some stunning animation to visualize those experiences, and I had the daunting task to do the same with the score.”

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Frederik Wiedmann came to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a film composer. After a couple assistant positions, Wiedmann scored his first feature RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL for Dark Castle Entertainment, Warner Premier in 2007. Since then, Frederik has written music for a wide variety of feature films such as COMPANY OF HEROES, HOSTEL PART III, THE DAMNED, THE HILLS RUN RED, JARHEAD II and many others.

After adding 2 Annie Award Music nominations to his resume for the critically acclaimed TV series GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, he moved onto scoring the brand new Warner Bros. Animation show BEWARE THE BATMAN (Cartoon Network), as well as numerous animated feature films based on DC Comics, such as SON OF BATMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE: FLASHPOINT PARADOX, JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS, the successful Disney Junior feature LUCKY DUCK and series MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, and the Netflix series KING JULIEN.  Wiedmann next release is JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS.

“In most cases I felt a sense of beauty and magic in the stories told by our people in focus,” described Wiedmann. “I wanted to compliment those sensations with my score, I want the audience to feel that  autism is another way to look at the world, a different perspective, sometimes it is beautiful and inspiring (like for our Painter and Poet), sometimes it is overwhelming and terrifying. The music had to follow these emotions, beat by beat. When you listen to this album, I hope you get to feel a hint of the beauty, the magic, fear and joy”

The SPECTRUM – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally on July 7, 2015, with all proceeds going to Autism Women’s Network.

The film is now viewable athttps://vimeo.com/ondemand/spectrumthefilm.