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A carefree quality is a whole aspect of life that I will never understand. I don't think I have ever been carefree and can't see the pleasure of it.
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All my music is very simple in that melody is usually clearly stated.
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Any film which views the darker side of life, which is death with a sense of humor, is very much to my taste.
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At a certain point I ask, What's the next novel thing I can do that will be kind of scary?
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Big Sur is at the end of the continent. It attracts really crazy people.
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Carefully execute every instruction given to you by the director, producer, and studio. But that would be a life not worth living.
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Conducting, I tried it once off the cuff, and quickly realized there were subtle aspects that I was missing. There is a lot more to it that I was able to grasp simply by watching conductors.
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Connection is what one is after in probably most media, but certainly in film, which is an immersive medium.
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Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help.
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Even if I went off to some other career, I hope I would still be doing Coen films.
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Hopefully each film can be given a musical voice of its own, which is not to say that the instrumentation is always unique, but that the relationship between the sound and the image is unique.
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How does my music connect to an audience? That is just a complete mystery to me.
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I actually did take a class at Juilliard in conducting.
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I almost never try to make the audience comfortable. I wouldn't want that if I were in the audience.
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I am consciously trying to do something different.
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I don't find myself lobbying for projects. Filmmakers almost always come to me.
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I don't generally find myself listening to the music of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it.
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I don't personally see my work as being dark. What interests me is a balance between light and dark.
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I don't think of myself as an actor or take it very seriously. I do it for fun.
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I go to Big Sur. I have a house there, It is completely different from the other place where I live, which is lower Manhattan.
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I grew up near NYC. I just loved the hustle and bustle. But really it's just confusion, noise of the city.
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I had an orchestrator I worked with on my first few first orchestral scores, like Miller's Crossing.
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I had piano lessons when I was a kid, like most people. And hated them, like most people. And quit, like most people.
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I have always loved Scottish music - all sorts of Celtic, Gaelic music.
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I have enough of a child still in me that I think it helps-especially in the type of films I choose to work on.
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I just love the sheer mess of New York.
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I like a certain amount of stress.
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I like business and personal life to be distinct.
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I like the fact that New York looks a bit backwards, toward the Old World, rather than resolutely forwards.
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I played piano in a movie about 10 years ago. I got my SAG card for that. My two roles have been a church piano player and a cockroach.
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I prefer a life in which we don't take ourselves too seriously.
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I studied at the Media Lab at MIT before it was called that, and had the opportunity to see early digital audio technology.
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I think being a little nuts is helpful.
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I think I've only done one horror movie, Psycho III. That was a walk in the park compared to a romantic comedy.
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I was graduating from college in the late 70's. My friends and I decided we should try to be a band. It was a punk rock era. Everybody was encouraged to be in a band.
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I wasn't interested in being an arranger.
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I would like to do a science fiction film some day. Star Wars seems really to have destroyed the genre, which at one time offered great musical opportunities.
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I write music to please myself. Hopefully the director's enjoying it too.
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I'll basically agree to do anything I haven't done before.
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I'm one of those people who is actually inspired by a deadline. I might not sleep for many days on end, it may not be good for my health, but it definitely helps.
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I'm quite glad I don't have to be involved in the social aspect of the business. I don't enjoy business lunches or parties.
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I'm scoring a film called What Planet Are You From? directed by Mike Nichols. Alien sex comedy.
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I'm trying to write music that I myself will like, hopefully not repeating myself.
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I've had my own scores thrown out of films before, or mangled after the recording. No composer can really control it.
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If it weren't for the punk encouragement to pick up an instrument and play, I wouldn't have chosen to join a band.
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If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.
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If someone suddenly lost their director the day before shooting and wanted me to step in, I'd be willing to. But I'd do brain surgery the same way. I'm always up for something new.
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In a film like Blood Simple where this guy is being buried alive, I can write simple piano melodies to go with it.
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In Los Angeles, it's a whole town that is oriented towards the entertainment industry, obviously. It's on everyone's lips, everywhere you go.
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In mainstream romantic comedies, I'm usually tearing my hair out. It's just a devastatingly difficult genre for me.
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It is good to know I have a place to go where it's extremely quiet.
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It's not my goal to write a different type of music.
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Joel Coen said he'd been listening to yodeling. In New York it took a little time to find the right yodeler.
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John Barry was my hero when I was about 13. His scores to the James Bond movies were the scores of my life back then.
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John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of. As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.
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Learning how to improvise really awakened my interest in music.
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Looking back, the only thing I enjoyed about music was making things up.
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Los Angeles is an industry town, and it has great facilities and personnel. The disadvantage is that everyone there seems to talk about the same subject matter.
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Most films I work on, the people making the film are constantly second-guessing the executives of the studio, the producer, and the audience. It is very hard to accomplish anything in that situation.
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Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film, or at least in narrative feature films.
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My training came from playing in bands, many of which did have non-Western instrumentation, and from studying electronic music.
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My type of movie is the combination of comedy and darkness.
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New Yorkers may think they're on some cutting edge, but that's not especially true. It is, however, the most exciting heterogeneous mess of a town I've ever seen.
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On Being John Malkovich and the cinema of the absurd, I do enjoy it. I wish there were more like it. The very fact that there can't be more like it is one of the reasons it's admirable.
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Once I'd come up with the main themes, which I did during jury duty in New York City, I proceeded pretty much as I usually do.
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People put up with a lot of inconvenience in order to be in the place where they want to be.
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Performing written music, even when I've written it, is not very interesting to me.
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The film business isn't that big a deal in New York.
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The flow of Guiness into the studio was inspirational as well as nutritive.
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The jarring change going from an urban environment to an extremely remote natural environment is extremely inspiring. It's constantly stimulating, it's like a slap in the face.
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There are no electrical lines going to my house, because it's a very remote area. Solar-powered and radio telephone. If I want heat, I have to find wood.
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There are tradeoffs involved in living in New York while the industry is in Los Angeles. I have to be willing to travel a lot. I can't have a casual meeting with a director.
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There have been a number of films, like Fargo, that I orchestrated myself.
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There is a deadline. It's not a situation where you can just wait for inspiration to come.
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There is a lot of fear in the business because the budgets are so large. People are really not that enthusiastic about trying new things.
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There is not much irony when people are being happy on screen.
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There is the danger of being typecast. After Raising Arizona, I'd get a lot of calls from farm comedies. I laughed, but there really are farm comedies out there, and I heard from them!
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Usually I look for interesting ways to make people uncomfortable.
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When I run into someone on the streets of New York, it's unlikely we'll immediately start discussing entertainment.
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When the systems we expect to help us actually hurt us, we have tragedy.
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With Joel and Ethan movies, partly because they're cheap, it gives you freedom.
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You can't open a film in China without expecting all the bootleg videos to appear here the next week.
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