I grew up playing in salsa bands, heavy metal bands and performing Bach symphonies, sometimes all in the same day. When writing to picture I can cover any genre, that’s easy — what actually has value though is tailoring music to the scene, like a custom-made suit. No gaping crotch or oversized shoulders. This perfect fit is where the magic happens between music and film. Writing around the dialogue, helping to add meaning and intention if it gets lost, being a surrogate for the narrator. Ultimately, connecting the viewers to the characters. The difficulty lies in doing all this while remaining completely unnoticed. That’s why I like using the word magic; once you do notice the music, the spell is broken.
I have an obsession with including live musical elements in all of my work. That’s how the piece comes to life on a plane that computer-generated samples alone just can’t. Think of Siri and Alexa. They can read scripts without any mistakes but void of passion, and they certainly won’t grab your attention like Amanda Gorman can. We know that there’s so much more to spoken language than saying the right word at the right time, but we don’t always recognize that it’s the same with music.