Posts in Film/TV Composers
Trevor Gureckis

Emergent composer and co-creator of New York-based artist collective, Found Objects discusses what he learned from apprenticing for Philip Glass, how he conveyed the grandiosity of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tome in his work on The Goldfinch, the tripartite musical through-line in his highly stylized synth score for Bloodline, and what he has in store for M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant.

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John Lunn

Imposing two-time Emmy winning composer speaks on how his iconic main title theme shaped the musical vernacular of Downton Abbey, re-examining his scores from all six seasons to prepare for the long-anticipated Downton Abbey: The Movie, configuring the greatest hits of Downton Abbey for the concert stage, and his theory on the singular popularity of this phenomenon.

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ESKMO

Transcendent electronic musician and ASCAP Award-winning television composer returns to discuss the connective musical threads in the penultimate season of Netflix’s traumatic young adult series, 13 Reasons Why, the societal value of shining a light on the dark side of contemporary American life, drawing inspiration from Peter Gabriel for his Duran Duran cover showcased in this year’s finale, and how he sampled his domesticated rescue squirrel for his latest Ancestor release, Motions Like These.

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Jason Hill

Hypnotic composer, producer, and founder of The Department of Recording and Power details his lifelong rejection of sonic mores, how David Fincher’s unorthodox prompt regarding ‘the death of disco’ ignited the season two musical identity of Mindhunter, making Netflix history with his chilling re-imagining of the main titles theme, and teases a comeback release from Louis XIV.

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Hildur Guðnadóttir

Sensational Emmy winning composer, cellist, and vocalist speaks on field recording in a vast Lithuanian power plant to piece together an ominous arsenal of sounds for Chernobyl, the heartfelt responsibility of scoring a dramatic re-excavation of the cataclysmic 1986 nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union, her interwoven creative process with Todd Phillips to realize a cohesive musical universe unique to Joker, and the distinctive appeal of the hermetic lifestyle she leads in Berlin.

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Christopher Lennertz

Jubilant Emmy-nominated and Grammy-winning composer speaks on how Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys incorporates overtones of social commentary and flips the conventional superhero trope on its head, scouring pawn shops for battered amps and guitars to cultivate the aggressive garage rock sound unique to the crew of vigilantes, the universal self-empowerment message that shaped UglyDolls’ star-studded soundtrack, and how he modeled his career after his mentors to thrive in a relationship-based industry.

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The Newton Brothers

Prominent composing duo discuss the pathos behind their achingly beautiful main titles theme for The Haunting of Hill House, summoning woeful sensations to embody the plight of the Crain family, the revelatory influence of John Williams on their musical union, naming themselves after English mathematician/physicist, Sir Isaac Newton, and re-teaming with Mike Flanagan for Doctor Sleep, the upcoming prequel to The Shining.

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Marcelo Zarvos

Intrepid Emmy nominated composer speaks on the magical quality of Alison and the emotionally fraught atmosphere of The Affair, altering the musical vernacular of Ray Donovan to match its change of scenery to the gritty streets of New York, working with Antoine Fuqua to capture the indomitable spirit of a world champion on What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali, channeling impressionism in his intimate score for The Chaperone, and taking on the craven world of right-wing propagandist, Roger Ailes on The Loudest Voice.

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Dominik Scherrer

Daring two-time Ivor Novello winning and Emmy nominated composer delves into his life long devotion to the complex relationship between music and visual narrative, dominating the niche of ‘film-opera’, the profound beauty and sadness he conjured in his Congolese flavored score for The Widow, and how he drew influence from the late 16th-century occult or angelic language, Enochian for his artistic collaboration with Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan on Requiem.

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Miriam Cutler

Triumphant Emmy nominated composer and relentless social activist discusses her path to making music that serves a higher purpose, crafting an intimate sonic atmosphere for RBG to support the inspirational life story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, how The Hunting Ground ignited a nation-wide conversation surrounding college campus sexual assault, commemorating the joyful essence of Gilda Radner on Love, Gilda, and her experience as a navigator and tastemaker in the ‘post-truth’ era.

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Ronit Kirchman

Innovative BMI Award winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, and electronic music experimentalist shares about the evolving psychologically nuanced musical lexicon she defined for the riveting crime anthology series, The Sinner, the connective thread of Detective Harry Ambrose, the benefits of engaging in creative awareness and movement training, and how empowering a culture of inclusivity will result in richer artistic outcomes.

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Patrick Warren

Illuminated composer, producer, and arranger discusses his fateful introduction to the Chamberlin, magnifying the fierce resilience and big hearts of South Side Chicago residents in his soulful score for The Chi, manifesting dread and mystique alongside T Bone Burnett and Keefus Ciancia on True Detective, the distinct honor of working with Tom Waits, and the qualities he seeks in his collaborators to achieve musical alchemy.

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Disasterpeace | Rich Vreeland

Imaginative award-winning composer speaks on his unexpected entrance to video game scoring, how he conveyed the elaborate environment of neo-noir fever dream, Under The Silver Lake, combining Ennio Morricone flavored guitar work and ambient string textures with musical contributions from Lars Ulrich of Metallica for Triple Frontier, and the introspective process of refinement that underpins his novel creations.

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Christopher Young

Venerable Golden Globe and Emmy nominated composer discusses how he evoked petrifying remembrances and an ancient evil spirit in his electronic score for Pet Sematary, the personal significance of his musical contribution to Clive Barker’s horror classic, Hellraiser, the inventive lesser known score he constructed for Mel Brooks that received high praise from Jerry Goldsmith, and his attraction to what lies in the darkness.

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Paul Haslinger

Groundbreaking Emmy and Grammy nominated composer discusses the most valuable transferable skill from his five year voyage with Tangerine Dream, interpreting Mötley Crüe’s darkest moments with a stylized, psychological approach for The Dirt, reimagining the electronic instrumentation of his formative years for Halt and Catch Fire, and reuniting with Paul W.S. Anderson to intensify the larger than life world of Monster Hunter.

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Steven Price

Exceptional Academy Award and BAFTA winning composer speaks on the call to action at the heart of his sonic odyssey for Our Planet, taking a deep dive into animation for Wonder Park, finessing the music-driven experience of Baby Driver over the course of a decade, and the limitless experiments that took place to perfect his celebrated score for Gravity.

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Patrick Doyle

Iconic Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominated composer speaks on the intimate contemporary score he crafted for Kenneth Branagh’s All is True illustrating William Shakespeare’s last years, taking an unexpected turn into the action packed Marvel universe for Thor, building a friendship with Robert Altman while contributing his talents to Gosford Park, and collaborating with Michelle Pfeiffer for Murder On The Orient Express.

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Michael Brook

Inventive Golden Globe and Grammy nominated composer and producer discusses his emotionally nuanced and sonically ambiguous score for Keith Behrman’s coming of age drama, Giant Little Ones, the genesis of the Infinite Guitar, musically sympathizing with the character of Chris McCandless on Into The Wild, and his connection to the incomparable Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

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Max Richter

Elegant contemporary classical artist and Emmy nominated composer shares about creating gender delineations within his intense Elizabethan inspired score for Mary Queen of Scots, implementing the devil’s interval and lamenting bass to reflect the grim emotional terrain of Taboo, and his approach in illustrating a 60-year long relationship with stunning piano duets on My Brilliant Friend.

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Mychael Danna

Masterful Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winning composer speaks on channeling the discipline of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in his heroic score for On The Basis of Sex, striving for simplicity to support the heartwarming tale of A Dog’s Way Home, the beautiful struggle behind Life of Pi, and the value of having “a guiding intelligence” that underpins your creations.

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