SCENE/SOUNDS is back to focus on the music of the big and small screens – from scores to sound design, from Library music to Foley artists, from theme tunes to adverts.
This month I’m joined by musician and composer Ariel Marx to talk about her career and various projects she has worked on from Shiva Baby up to the recent National Geographic series A Small Light.
We talk through Ariel’s path into composing taking in the influences of people like Nino Rota and Mark Orton into creating music for many short films and building connections and working relationships leading to the debut feature she worked on The Tale starring Laura Dern.
That film lead into working on Emma Seligman’s film Shiva Baby which put Ariel firmly on the film composer map by showing you can do something unique and experiemental to really complement what is happening on screen.
We discuss the soundtracks to Disney+s Candy and Peacock’s A Friend Of The Family – both true crime drama series (with elements of comedy/quirkiness to it) and leading in to Ariel being offered the chance to compose the Mazey Day episode of the recent series of Netflix’ Black Mirror.
Ariel talks in-depth about the process for creating the score for the biographical mini-series A Small Light telling the story of Miep Gies. The score takes in influences of the jazz of the time alongside Ariel’s creative ways of telling a story – it can be both emotive and dramatic while also evoking time and place.
Alongside this we have some music from Delia Derbyshire and Don Harper to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the iconic BBC series Doctor Who and also new music from Martin Phipps’ score to Ridley Scotts Napoleon, Adam Janota Bzowski’s score to The Marsh King’s Daughter and also the late Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music for the film Monster.