INTERVIEW: Film composers
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INTERVIEW: Film composers
Artists can undergo an entire evolutionary cycle of job roles throughout the course of their film career, in front of and behind the camera. As in the case of Australian composer Christopher Gordon, music makers might dip their toes into completely different waters, too.
Whether on the editing software of a home studio or in front of a 90-piece orchestra, the magic of making music always begins inside somebody’s head. From the rattling of a piano or singing in the shower, it all stems from the most unassuming sparks of an idea.
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