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cover of soundtrack album for Brick

Making sound make music

Composer Nathan Johnson bridges sound recording and composing in his approach to film scores. In Brick (2005), directed by his cousin Rian, Nathan used a variety of household implements including cutlery, filing cabinets, cheese graters, wine glasses and radiators to create a unique sonic ambiance.

In his videos about the making of Looper (2012), he shows how he gathered a wide range of field recordings to create a sort of playable, found-sound orchestra. The results were combined with live strings and horns to produce deep textures featuring pitched industrial fans, tuned treadmills, and a wide range of intricate rhythmic elements - all looping and cycling on themselves at various speeds.

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