Annihilation is a 2018 science fiction movie starring Natalie Portman and directed by Alex garland (Ex Machina).

The ambient soundscape, by composers Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury, is punctuated and contrasted with a steel string guitar theme known from the soundtrack as: What Do You Know?, Disoriented, and The Watchtower.

I loved Ex Machina so I’m very excited to see Annihilation.

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(some other science fiction themes)

Blade Runner 2049 + TAB

Arrival: On The Nature of Daylight for guitar + TAB

Prometheus: theme for guitar + TAB

Alien: Covenant – theme for guitar + TAB

Gear Used

I used my Taylor GS Mini Mahogany. It’s small and sounds BIG. I use it mostly for teaching as I’m a housecall teacher. I travel to homes all day long, so I needed the smallest and best sounding guitar.

My GS Mini is 5 years old and has taken a beating. It’s stays in my car all year long — in sweltering summers and freezing winters. The neck has never bowed once. Taylors come with a structure softshell case that is very durable. I literally throw this guitar into my trunk several times a day.

My steel strings are Martin Custom Light Acoustic SP. I’ve settled on these as the best blend of tone and playability. You can find a list of all of my gear here.

How to play the Annihilation guitar theme

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Annihilation is easy to play. Mostly, you’ll have a single finger on the guitar at any given time. The rapid fingerstyle will give novice guitar players and issue — but I easily recommend this for beginner guitar players.

The guitar tab is beautifully written on one page. The timing of¬†Annihilation has no rhyme or reason. I think the composer/guitar player just did it according to feel. I’ve given you breaks within the guitar tablature — to split up the sections and make it easier to read.

It’s a short piece so I added a few extra go-arounds. You’ll play the section within the repeat brackets three times, and follow the arrow on the third go-around.

Have fun. The guitar tab is available below:

Annihilation is played in an unusual tuning (from low to high): D A D E A D.

Annihilation: guitar theme


Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.