Composer David Arnold‘50% of your emotional response to a film I think is the music’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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When it comes to pop culturally influential music, composer David Arnold has been there, done that and bought the tour t-shirt, many times over.  From George Michael to Iggy Pop to Ed Sheeran, he’s worked with heavy hitters the world over.  His credits include composing the music for five Bond films, copious TV programmes including Sherlock and Little Britain and being selected as Musical Director for the London 2012 Olympics.

Arnold has no shortage of Irish connections.  His dad was a Dub who boxed for Ireland and had no fewer than 20 brothers and sisters.  Arnold recalls childhood summers spent in Dublin sharing a two bedroom Dublin flat along with sixteen of his relatives and only one toilet.  However it was a second cousin he would end up getting even more up close and personal with later in life – Damien Rice, who stayed with Arnold in London to develop his skills.

“I was dreading him coming to a certain extent because (A) he was family and (B) what if he’s terrible, because you can’t walk away from your family… luckily he was brilliant!” 

It was time well spent as the result of this sojourn was the chart-topping album O.

Despite global success and a Grammy award, Arnold certainly isn’t caught up in the glamour of the movie industry.  Instead, he says composing film scores is rather a formulaic process.

“We tend to be stuck in dark rooms all day in front of a lot of equipment trying to solve the problems that a film produces.” 

If you want to experience the jaw-dropping results of these sessions first hand, head along to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this Friday night as David Arnold talks the audience through some of his most famous works, accompanied by the RTE Concert Orchestra.  Alternatively, his score to the movie Independence Day is played live accompanying the movie this coming Saturday, also in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

“If you want to see an orchestra with fire coming out of their trumpets, then that’s the place to be.”

For the full interview, click here.

Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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