“Fans of the electronic works of Hildur Guðnadóttir, should find this album to be an interesting listen.” – Film Score Monthly
The Gold, Simon Goff’s synth-filled soundtrack to the intricately crafted BBC One crime drama. Boasting 5-star reviews, the superb 6-part series was created by Neil Forsyth (Guilt) and stars Hugh Bonneville, Jack Lowden, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Spencer, Tom Cullen. Episode one was first broadcast on BBC One on Sunday, 12th February 2023, taking over the hugely popular Happy Valley’s 9pm slot and reaching 6 million viewers. The press has been unanimous in praising The Gold, with The Evening Standard labelling it as “a truly smart British crime drama with a classic feel and a knockout cast”. The Guardian calls it “riveting”, The Independent refers to it as “True alchemy” and The New Statesmen dubs it “Outstandingly enjoyable TV”.
The story is based on the largest heist in world history, the Brink’s-Mat robbery at Heathrow airport in 1983. Six armed robbers attempted to steal £1 million in foreign currency and ended up coming away with £26 million in gold bullion. This isn’t the story of a heist, but of what happened next.
Composer Simon Goff creates a dazzling, evolving sound that binds together and manipulates technology and acoustic instruments. He explains – “The initial idea for the soundtrack to The Gold came about after talking to director Aneil Karia about the different character lines running through the script. Just as the series dives into the grey between moral worlds in 1980’s London, I took the score as an opportunity to dive more into the grey between acoustic and electronic sound worlds. The pulsing synthesisers are a homage to the greats that pioneered the way in that era, while the broken strings represent the underbelly of high-class society and the distorted purity that it poses as… The score is meant as a third line in the narrative, allowing the direction and script atmospheric space to exist in while also propelling forward when needed. The pulses, textures, rhythms and melodies are entwined together just as are the narratives within the storytelling. There is no clear distinction between worlds, only one that engulfs all.”
As a composer, producer and violinist, Simon Goff has worked with some of the world’s most acclaimed musicians, including Academy Award-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir on Joker and Chernobyl – both of which earned him Grammy Awards, as well as Jóhann Jóhansson, Apparat and Katie Melua amongst many others. As a violinist, Simon performed internationally at the Funkhaus (Berlin) the South Bank Centre (London), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg) and CTM Festival (Berlin).
In April 2021, Simon released his debut album Vale through Berlin label 7K!. There is a dazzling exploration of the interface between violin and technology and between the poles of intimacy and grandeur, as rich and deep and wide, as the landscape that lies at its heart, the Vale of York, where Goff grew up. The album also encapsulates a place in time and an identity forged through youth and adulthood, all viewed from Goff’s current base in Berlin. Quietus calls the album “remarkable… a statement of both awe and intent”, whilst singer Katie Melua comments, “I found it musically truly exquisite, like it was lifting me up, it was just completely changing my mood and the sounds felt very much like you were inside the orchestra… it’s difficult in classical music to get the violin to sound so gritty.”
2. I Can Be A King
4. Burying the Past
5. Proceed with Caution
7. The Consequences Are Mine
8. The Gallery
9. Taking the Stand
11. The Boy You Were
12. The Gold