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In 2015, Thom wrote the original music for a new Broadway play presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company, Harold Pinter's Old Times, directed by Douglas Hodge.

"It's been a pleasure working with Doug on my first stage production," Thom said in a statement. "I've enjoyed exploring through music the script's themes of love and memory as well as Pinter's rhythms, twists and turns."

Hodge said of working with Yorke, "The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a 'nowness' to the show. The play itself is about memory and love - Thom's music works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does. In true Thom Yorke style, the music is epic, heartbreaking, irresistible and complex. I'm hopeful this collaboration will result in a new kind of theatergoer coming to our show."

The score was written during a six-month email correspondence between Thom and Mr. Hodge.

Hodge explained, "I'd say something like, 'It describes a ribbon of light on the horizon. Can you do that?' He'd say, 'Got it.' He'd send me an email of some music he'd written, and it would be some primeval, unusual thing. The sort of neurosis within his music certainly has elucidated elements of the compulsive repetition of the play."

Thom recorded much of the music on synthesizers from the 1970s to match the play's era. He did not plan to perform the music live. According to Douglas Hodge, "the last thing he'd want is that it becomes a Thom Yorke show."