I Guess it Does Happen…
Yesterday something happened that I never thought would happen.
Yesterday was the spotting session for Comforting Skin, with the director Derek Franson and I in my studio going over every inch of this movie.
Now, let me first say that I had spent a few weeks thinking about the film and had come to some conclusions as to the kind of music I would write, the harmonic language, and the role of the music. Those sorts of thing. Nothing concrete yet, but there was a direction.
It is this homework that came before that allowed this to happen:
We are playing back the video in the video software, and I had my sequencer open as well, filled with ideas I had recorded and ready to record new ones as needed.
And at one point we are watching one of the later scenes and I started hearing something, ideas were coming so I started to play along with the image.
Derek and I were both silent for about 4 minutes as I played to the video. The music melded with the image almost perfectly. There was magic in the air for those few minutes.
I never thought I would play for a director during a spotting session. I am a very private composer generally. I need silence and privacy to write, to allow myself to make mistakes and be as bad as I need to be I guess. I am not a Schostakovich type who can write anytime, anyplace, but Beethoven and Stravinsky were the same as me, so I don’t feel bad about it.
But this time, the music just poured out and the tone was great, the ideas were good and I even followed perfectly a scene I had never seen before.
I reminded me of Angelo Badalamenti’s story of how the music for Twin Peaks was created. Something I never though I would do, but I guess it does happen…
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