Christopher Slaski

Born in 1974, Christopher Slaski built a truly international career over the last few years by sharing his time between his studios in London and Spain. Christopher graduated in Music from Cambridge University where he studied composition with Robin Holloway, and then he obtained a postgraduate diploma in Composition from the Royal Academy of Music in...

Quest for Love

Englishman Eric Rogers was born in 1921 and gained an appreciation for music at an early age. At thirteen years old, as a churchgoer, he was tutored in and played the church organ. During the Second World War, whilst in the RAF, Rogers played the piano, his ‘payment’ consisting of free beer and after the war; he put together his own orchestra...

Julius Caesar

In my previous articles about the music of QUO VADIS, IVANHOE and PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE I have expanded my theories about music written for historical films. Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR presented new problems. If it had been merely a historical film about Julius Caesar I would have undoubtedly tried a reconstruction...

Pierre Jansen

I started studying piano and harmony at the Conservatoire de Roubaix, and then went to Brussels where I studied with Henry Sury, a composer who had previously scored many films and documentaries. I immediately thought that writing film scores was very interesting, since it could give me the possibility to hear at once what I had written and...

Bill Conti

Named William after his grandfather, Bill Conti was born on April 13, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island. He joined an Italian-American family whose interests included sculpture, music and painting, but it was the second of those arts which played a major role in the young man’s development: there was a radio on the table at home...

Bill Motzing

Bill Motzing was born in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in 1937. Coming out of a highly musical family, his real interest in music developed at the age of ten when he began taking violin lessons, soon graduating to other instruments. He studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he earned a B.A., and received a Masters degree from...

Simon Walker

Born in Sydney in 1961, Simon Walker began to develop an interest in music at the age of twelve, when he started tinkering with the piano. A newcomer to the film music scene, he began scoring short films in the late 70’s, graduating to feature in both Australia and America in 1982. Interviewed in 1985, Simon Walker describes his background, his own...

Ginrin

Musique concrète for the Film Ginrin (1956) – the first Film Music by Tôru Takemitsu (1930–1996): Representation of his Identity as a Postwar Avant-Garde Composer and Implication of Commercial Interference by Makoto Mikawa In 2005, the avant-garde Public Relations film Ginrin (Silver Wheels, 1956) was discovered. Since its location had been unknown almost for a … Continue reading Ginrin

Invaders from Mars

Composer Christopher Young is, in the opinion of many, one of the most ex­citing young composers on the Hollywood scene. At the age of 28, Young has scored no less than 13 fea­ture films, among them THE POWER, DEF-CON 4, HIGH­POINT (re­plac­ing a score by John Ad­di­son) WHEELS OF FIRE, GET­TING EVEN, TOR­MENT...