Like so many actors fortunate enough to work over the past year, there was a two-week stretch last fall when Ben Barnes
found himself sequestered alone in a Canadian hotel room. He was there for “Shadow and Bone
,” the new fantasy series Netflix
hopes will become one of its signature genre franchises alongside “The Witcher
” and “Stranger Things
.” The show had largely wrapped production just before the pandemic lockdown, but Barnes still needed to film some final scenes as the powerful and mysterious General Kirigan, also known as the Darkling, who possesses the ability to control darkness and wield it as a deadly weapon.
Before he could dive back into all that, though, there was that pesky mandatory quarantine to endure. So to pass the time, Barnes started making his own music.
“I managed to buy this very small keyboard off of a Facebook
marketplace thing,” he explained over Zoom