“You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance in order to possess what you do not possess.” - T.S. Eliot

Just did an interesting interview with Randall Winston for PMc Magazine which I really enjoyed. Fun to talk about process, fears, limitations, and other artists who I look up to. Also a bit about two of the upcoming films I scored, as well as how my favorite T.S. Eliot quote applies to film composing.

“You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance in order to possess what you do not possess.” - T.S. Eliot

Just did an interesting interview with Randall Winston for PMc Magazine which I really enjoyed. Fun to talk about process, fears, limitations, and other artists who I look up to. Also a bit about two of the upcoming films I scored, as well as how my favorite T.S. Eliot quote applies to film composing.

earlstepp asked:

Hey Nathan, might you have some tips, tricks or hints for a novice composer? I loved the process of how you recorded the score for Looper, it reminded me of Music Concrete. It has inspired me to go out and record some found sounds and make some awesome music. Thank you.

Thanks Earlstepp

Really glad to hear that the score inspired you to go make some stuff on your own. I suppose there are probably lots of specific and practical little tips, but how about a broad one? I’ve found it helpful (as with many kinds of writing) to write from my gut and test it against a certain scene. If it makes me feel something, chances are it will make others feel something as well, but the important thing is that when you’re feeling something, you’re inspired to keep following that thread. And of course, that is an important key to making any type of art: the persistence to keep following a thread until you really see what it can become!

loopermovie
loopermovie:

We are EVERYWHERE!
iTunes, Xbox, PSN, Amazon, Blu, DVD, Redbox, take your pick. We are officially out.
If you’re a fiend for extras, the Blu is your best bet.  (Has anyone found the easter egg yet?)
The above image, by the way, is my dad proudly posing at our color timing session with his cameo.  Happy New Year!

I bought myself the blu. Highly recommend. There were even some nice things that I hadn’t yet seen!

loopermovie:

We are EVERYWHERE!

iTunes, Xbox, PSN, Amazon, Blu, DVD, Redbox, take your pick. We are officially out.

If you’re a fiend for extras, the Blu is your best bet.  (Has anyone found the easter egg yet?)

The above image, by the way, is my dad proudly posing at our color timing session with his cameo.  Happy New Year!

I bought myself the blu. Highly recommend. There were even some nice things that I hadn’t yet seen!

spiritedmag
spiritedmag:

As we prepare for our upcoming issue this Winter titled Dystopia, we are honored to wrap up 2012 with an interview with Looper composer Nathan Johnson. 
[Looper - movie by Rian Johnson - came out this past Fall 2012 and it’s a time-travel dystopian story available on itunes now]

“So I found that for me, that ‘risk-nature’ comes from wanting to try to do something and realizing that there are restrictions that won’t allow you to do it the way everybody else does it. So then, you have to just go for it and try to still make something with what you’ve got.”
- Nathan Johnson

I love Amanda and Spirited Magazine! Looking forward to their next issue.

spiritedmag:

As we prepare for our upcoming issue this Winter titled Dystopia, we are honored to wrap up 2012 with an interview with Looper composer Nathan Johnson.

[Looper - movie by Rian Johnson - came out this past Fall 2012 and it’s a time-travel dystopian story available on itunes now]

“So I found that for me, that ‘risk-nature’ comes from wanting to try to do something and realizing that there are restrictions that won’t allow you to do it the way everybody else does it. So then, you have to just go for it and try to still make something with what you’ve got.” - Nathan Johnson

I love Amanda and Spirited Magazine! Looking forward to their next issue.