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Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood travels to India for new documentary

The Paul Thomas Anderson-directed 'Junun' premieres at the New York Film Festival.

Jonny Greenwood JununJonny Greenwood JununRadiohead's Jonny Greenwood (middle row, second from left) recorded with a group of local musicians when he traveled to India. The trip is documented in the Paul Thomas Anderson film "Junun." The songs are written by Shye Ben Tzur (middle row, third from right). (Photo: Shin Katan (via New York Film Festival))

Radiohead is known for its trippy, atmospheric songs. Paul Thomas Anderson is known for gripping movies told from unusual perspectives. Anderson and Radiohead's guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, team up for the documentary "Junun," which debuted this weekend at the New York Film Festival.

In "Junun," Greenwood and Anderson travel to Rajasthan, in northwest India, to record with local musicians. The pair were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and Greenwood recorded with the musicians at the historic Mehrangarh Fort, which dates back to the 15th century.

Paul Thomas AndersonPaul Thomas Anderson directed the documentary "Junjun," about Radiohead bassist Jonny Greenwood's trip to India. (Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)

For the album, Greenwood recorded songs written by Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, whose mystical compositions often incorporate traditional Indian music and instruments.

Anderson and Greenwood have been collaborating for eight years, with Greenwood scoring Anderson's movies "There Will Be Blood," "The Master" and "Inherent Vice."


After the film debuts at NYFF, it will be available via the streaming service MUBI starting in early October. The album will be released in November.

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