With track titles as diverse as “Meeting Krishna” and “Thank You Vishnu For Introducing Me To Christ,” it’s appropriate that Mychael Danna’s score for “The Life of Pi” is an appealing mix of East Meets West, as strings, tablas, sitars, flutes, accordions and gamelans blend together for waltzes, Indian rhythms, and sweeping orchestral flourishes.
The Hollywood Reporter recently brought six top film composers together to discuss their craft. Alexandre Desplat noted: "I always thought [composers] could give master classes to directors. Not to teach them, but to help them communicate." Read the full interview with Danny Elfman, Desplat, Patrick Doyle, Mychael Danna, Marco Beltrami, and Fernando Velazquez after the jump.
Writing music often is a solitary pursuit, so it was no wonder that when six renowned composers -- Marco Beltrami, 46 ( The Sessions), Mychael Danna, 54 ( Life of Pi), Alexandre Desplat, 51 ( Argo, Moonrise Kingdom, Rise of the Guardians), Patrick Doyle, 59 ( Brave), Danny Elfman, 59 ( Frankenweenie, Hitchcock, Silver Linings Playbook), and Fernando Velazquez, 36 ( The Impossible) -- gathered in one room, they relished the chance to discuss the complexities of their trade.
Godfrey Reggio's groundbreaking trilogy of experimental films, "Koyaanisqatsi" (1983), "Powaaqatsi" (1988), and "Naqoyqatsi" (2002), were released for the first time on Blu-ray this month from the Criterion Collection. In this essay, former New York Times arts critic John Rockwell traces the evolution of Philip Glass's music, and how it works in these wordless films.
The Qatsi Trilogy: Counterpoint and Harmony By John Rockwell At this late date, with Glass having attained the patriarchal age of seventy-five, some of the polemics about minimalism have abated. He's still in some ways boyish, but he is also a father figure for generations of younger composers, some of whose music sounds in no way like his own.
Alfred Hitchock was one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, but he also had a dark side. A deeper reading of his films reveals some of Hitch’s hidden obsessions, including: murder, sex, and love. Throughout his career, Hitchcock was aided by the unseen hand of his wife, Alma Reville, who often served as the director’s sounding board and sometime editor.
Leo Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina” continues to be a source of inspiration for filmmakers, having been adapted over a dozen times in different forms by directors all over the world. Joe Wright’s feature film boldly breaks from tradition, confining most of the plot on a single soundstage.
Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams’s long and fruitful collaboration continues with “Lincoln.” The prolific Williams draws upon folk styles to create an impression of America’s 16th president.