Alex North Remembered

Motion picture music lost a legend on the morning of Sunday, September 8, 1991, when composer Alex North succumbed to the illness that had plagued and pained him for several years. Respected as much by his peers as by the generations of film composers and musicians that succeeded him. North is remembered for his music as well as the gentle...

Notes on Dragonslayer

The following article was originally written to accompany the Label X [Southern Cross] Records release of Alex North’s DRAGONSLAYER soundtrack, now out of print. After the planned booklet did not materialize, this material was subsequently made available to CinemaScore by Mr. Rosar. While the article concerns specifically the musical cues...

Alex North’s 2001 and Beyond

In 1983 I was working as an art director for the studio which did the special effects for THE RIGHT STUFF. Though I was not personally involved in the effects, my knowledge of film music was well known around the studio and director Phil Kaufman, who was frequently coming in for meetings, asked me who I would recommend to do the score...

Alex North

Alex North has always been among my favorite composers, so I eagerly looked forward to meeting him for this interview. I had heard that he was a shy, modest and soft-spoken gentleman. In fact Los Angeles Times critic Charles Champlin recently wrote that North is “reticent to a fault”. Now that I’ve met and talked with him I can report all of that is true...