The Horror

For me, the most powerful moment of a horror film is when the action goes beyond sensorial experience. It’s the moment when the thing you are seeing is unleashed from the image and runs rampant in your imagination, taking on a life of its own. This moment where the horror comes alive is undoubtedly the aim…

Bitchin Bajas; unknown and unknowable

I’ve never been on trend, but it turns out Bitchin Bajas is a new release and I don’t normally rush into writing a post but I’m excited about this record. Research is what writers do, part of the job; but I have decided to write about this record in the spirit of the unknown and without the…

Sound, image and the making of meaning.

We’ve come to accept the idea that the score is merely a supporting part to the main event of the moving image when it comes to film. In the Fifteen Question interview we often ask the artist about the relationship between image and sound. Some recent responses to this question…”music is but one small part of…

Opera in the hands of film makers

There are many lists available online that count the top ten ways in which opera is best used in film. Some good examples that appear on most people’s lists are Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now, Maria Callas’s rendition of La Mamma Morta from Andrea Chénier in Philadelphia or my favourite, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana…

Rock Stars and Film Scores

‘We’d watch the film together, and he’d pause the film at a certain point and say ‘Look at [that character’s] face here. Write some music about that expression.’  Johnny Greenwood Over the last few years I’ve discovered that musicians from some of my favourite bands have either collaborated or single-handedly scored films, some gaining critical…

Film and Music Collaborators

It’s not surprising that the collaborations between film directors and composers has resulted in some of the greatest films across all genres and from all corners of the globe. Emotive, powerful and versatile, music is the perfect compliment and boundless inspiration for any writer, director or artist’s creative vision. Music has a strange and powerful way…