The Underworlds conveys an environment of deep caverns and resonant underground chasms.
By combining synthesised instruments with recorded, reversed and manipulated sounds, The Underworlds presents deep, resonant and unnerving sounds that aim to imitate caverns and underground environments.
This piece plays a little on the human fear of the unknown, with combinations of screeching and breathy sounds which transgress into the orchestra, which ‘overtake’ the sounds. This is most present where Episode II is introduced.
Although there are not any direct quotations, Powell has again been the main inspiration for the orchestration of The Underworlds. The strings section and flute melody at bar 12 of The Underworlds: Episode I is inspired by Hiccup the Chief / Drago’s Coming from How to Train Your Dragon 2, and other segments of orchestration in The Underworlds are loosely inspired by Powell’s work.