Steven Price on his Oscar nomination and the Gravity soundtrack

27 January 2014, 11:26 | Updated: 28 January 2014, 10:49

Steven Price was the man in charge of making Alfonso Cuaron's balletic sci-fi epic (starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) sound suitably otherworldly - and now it's earned him both an Oscar and a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Score.

Price spoke to Classic FM's Sam Pittis about the pressure of being nominated for the two most prestigious awards in film music (apparently he was eating breakfast when he found out he'd been nominated - the glamour!) and exactly how the soundtrack came to be.

It turns out, in close collaboration with director Alfonso Cuaron, the silence of the film was the key that set Price off: "The idea was that we wanted to take the audience up into space… the music was written with that in mind."

Price also speaks about his chances in the forthcoming Academy Awards, where he'll face off against Oscar stalwarts John Williams and Thomas Newman, as well as newer faces like Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Owen Pallett.

Listen to the interview below.