Secrets Of The Looper Soundtrack

This excellent three-video series features composer Nathan Johnson discussing the field recordings he and his team used to create the musical fabric for director Rian Johnson’s film Looper. The cue Time Machine from the score is featured.

Johnson took a unique approach to the score, using a field recorder to gather material and then using the found sound as the basis for loops, sample-based instruments and a virtual orchestral.

In the second section, Johnson discusses the cue A Day In The Life.

In the final section, composer Nathan Johnson discusses the melodic instruments he and his team created and recorded for the Looper soundtrack. This video also features the cue Revelations.

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10 thoughts on “Secrets Of The Looper Soundtrack

  1. Amazing stuff! Reminds me a bit of some of the things Diego Stocco has done in his videos. This is probably going to be the most original soundtrack of the year.

    Anybody seen Looper yet? These videos make me interested to see it!

  2. All that work and it still just sounds like most movie scores. Sure, there are some weird textures, but overall the music is what you’d expect.

  3. Impressive as hell. I need to buy a recorder like that; its an invaluable sound resource. In the brave new world of WAVs, you can personalize a lot of what you do this way. I feel sure I can turn a kid’s scream from Wal-mart into a laughing Godzilla bellow. Likewise, I’ll probably get thrown out of Home Depot for hitting everything in the place with a small mallet.

  4. A little bit convoluted/over the top, but regardless, it’s still some pretty fantastic sound design. Really cements the idea in my head that I need to get a field recorder.

    Granted, a lot of the emotion/mood still comes from conventional means, but progress is made through small innovations. A big-budget movie like reaper with an semi-unconventional score might help popularize more interesting/varied music for use in film.

  5. Really interesting sound effect’s, love the overtones in the sounds.
    What i found really interesting is how you manage to build grooves out of nothing, from abstract sounds, you ‘ve made some pretty nice sounding melodies. A maestro at this is Psykovsky, his third album ,though it is much more complex and rich in diversity.
    Good job , Mate !

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