Composer Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) makes synthesizers and electronics an integral part of his film scoring work.
This video captures Holkenborg demonstrating his approach to working with his massive 5U modular synthesizer wall.
In the interview Junkie XL & The Art Of Scoring With Synthesizers, Holkenborg discusses how he uses his modular system to create material that he can shape further in Cubase:
“Every Sunday is modular day.
On Sunday, I just get out of bed in my pajamas and then I walk into the studio with a cup of coffee. Then, everything that I’m doing, all day, is just making sounds with the modular.
Cubase is on record. I record everything that I’m doing. Sometimes it’s a drone, sometimes it’s a sequence, sometimes it’s a very complicated wave shaping patch, it can be anything.
Whatever I do on Sunday is going to get recorded in Cubase. Then, at the end of the day, I just sort it quickly, these are bass sounds, that is drones, that is this, that is that.”
Holkenborg expands on this idea in the video – noting that his goal in working with the large-format modular wall isn’t to create a finished piece or to score a film – but to create musical elements that he can use on his scoring projects. See this earlier video for Holkenborg’s introduction to his large-format modular synth wall.
While Holkenborg’s goal with his modular is to create music that he can developer further on the computer, his performance, features great sounds and sequences and develops in interesting ways.
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