Film music was forever changed by Max Steiner’s 1933 score for King Kong. For the first time a sound film was accompanied by an original non-diegetic score that paralleled, supported and enhanced the narrative, pioneering the techniques and principles that have governed film scoring ever since.
Anyone who’s ever been to a music festival (by which I mean Glastonbury etc. and not so much the Utrecht Lute Festival) will appreciate how much a drink or two (or several) will ‘enhance’ the event (although, full disclosure, I’ve never actually been to Glastonbury; but I have performed at the Oxford Music Festival which I expect to be roughly a similar experience).
Back when I was a student one of my composition teachers used to tell me that, “Music is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration,” (it might even have been a 1%/99% split). Although I’m pretty sure he didn’t invent that quote, I learned reasonably quickly that he was indeed very right. This didn’t come as that much of a surprise, to be honest, but it did prove to be a useful kick in the backside to get me beyond each and every onset of writer’s block.
Hmm, so I didn’t expect it to take two months for my second blog post but the world does have a knack for keeping me busy. That said, when such busy-ness includes learning a new sport (why not?), two new instruments (sometimes one isn’t enough) and baking my first cake (surprisingly, not a complete disaster) - not to mention redesigning this site from the ground up - I wonder whether such activities are better labelled as distractions. Hmm, that could be a topic for a whole other post: when does the search for inspiration become procrastination..?