Bang & Olufsen and global leader in premium luggage, RIMOWA have joined forces for a partnership that celebrates the unique link between sound and travel.
Together, Bang & Olufsen and RIMOWA have created a pair of limited-edition Beoplay H9i headphones that hone in on the craftsmanship that characterises the two brands. Made from authentic and long-lasting materials such as anodised aluminium and genuine leather, the RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones are housed in a signature RIMOWA aluminium case.
Now, you can explore rich, finely tuned sound or just enjoy the silence of the journey. With a shared love for aluminium, RIMOWA and Bang & Olufsen have created the limited-edition advanced Active Noise Cancellation Beoplay H9i headphones. No noise – just rich sound to get you closer to the journey.
To celebrate their shared ideas, RIMOWA and Bang & Olufsen have invited famed LA-based Swedish composer and record producer, Ludwig Göransson, to reflect on his music, his travel, and the importance they’ve had in his pursuit of mastery. A frequent traveller, ardent multi-instrumentalist, and Academy Award- and triple Grammy-winning producer for his work with Childish Gambino and the movie Black Panther, Ludwig opens up to RIMOWA and Bang & Olufsen about his approach to finding balance and sense of place through sound.
You are originally from Sweden, but you’re based in LA now. Why LA? Is there anything here specifically that inspires your work on a day to day being based here?
I live on the top of a hill. It’s called Griffith Park. And every day I wake up looking out over the mountains and I love it. I love LA partly because it feels like there are so many parts of the world in this city. You can travel around in your car and within an hour you can find yourself in five different countries, five different cities. The diversity is inspiring. So many different languages, foods, varied cultures – that energy – is something you are always surrounded by.
How do your travels and exposure to different cultures affect your own sound and musical development?
Different places around the world can inspire different musical styles that exist inside of you. Unfamiliar locations can make you act differently. Different environments have a very big impact on the way I write music. If you’re somewhere cold and isolated, the music is going to come out in one way. If you are somewhere hot, surrounded by a lot of people dancing and laughing, the music is going to sound another way.
For the score of Black Panther, the heart and soul came from immersing myself in the rich musical history of the Griots in West Africa. I was following these brilliant musicians all over rural Senegal, learning their musical language. I then wove those melodies and rhythms – that had been passed down to the Griots for thousands of years into the cinematic sweep of the Western classical orchestra.
When did you know that you had found your path?
Growing up in Sweden, musical education is something really special. There are music schools everywhere and the education is very advanced. In high school, I got a chance to write music for a professional symphony orchestra. I still remember sitting in the concert hall listening to the orchestra performing my music for the first time. Hearing the musicians play the notes that I had written down on paper completely changed my life. This feeling was so special that I knew that I wanted to experience that again, over and over.
How do you view ‘mistakes’ in your creative process?
You can hear a mistake in a take, or a mistake in an instrument, and in the moment you might have a negative reaction to it. But a lot of times in my process, it’s something you can take and then utilize to make a fascinating sound. I think more now than ever, mistakes are more important. It’s what makes us different. It’s something that computers could never imitate.
What’s your favorite sound?
I like the organic sounds created by humans playing instruments in the same room, musicians finding each other, connecting through sound in a very specific moment.