From the soundtrack of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a 2012 American fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin and adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar’s one-act playJuicy and Delicious. After playing at film festivals, it was released on June 27, 2012, in New York and Los Angeles, and later expanded wider. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards at the 85th Academy Awards, in the categories Best Picture, Best Director (Benh Zeitlin), Best Adapted Screenplay (Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin), and Best Actress (Quvenzhané Wallis). At age 9, Wallis became the youngest Best Actress nominee in history.
“The music for Beasts of the Southern Wild emerges with a primal energy befitting of the film’s immersive fantasy. At the same time, it’s elegantly ethereal and gorgeously vulnerable. At its heart, the score strikes a delicate balance courtesy of the deft composition by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin. The duo manages to construct a wonderful piece that’s as unforgettable as the action on-screen.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com Rick Florino, Dan Romer talks his creative process, the score for Beasts of the Southern Wild, and so much more.”
Your score balances dreamlike textures with classical instrumentation. What’s your take on the music for Beasts of the Southern Wild?
When we set out to make it, the folk influence wasn’t a primary objective. We weren’t necessarily planning that the entire time. In the back of our heads, we thought we’d go through everything with a fiddle and see how that played over the stuff. Benh Zeitlin and I wrote the entire thing with samples of strings, horns, bells, and pianos. Those were the only things we wrote with for the first large portion of the writing process. Once we were done with all that stuff, we were like, “What instruments do we play?” I play banjo, guitar, and a bunch of little weird things. We went through the entire score with a banjo, an accordion, and other folk instruments to see where those things could be used. It ended up working out pretty well.
|Genres||Singer-songwriter, Rock, Indie|
|Occupations||Music producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer, Film Composer|
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