Composer and synthesist Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, has restarted his Studio Time video series, in which he offers a behind-the-scenes look at the tools and techniques he users in doing his work.
In his latest video, Holkenborg discusses his massive Eurorack modular system, with the emphasis on the capabilities of each module and his thinking in selecting the modules for his system. He notes, “F
Holkenborg, is best known for his epic film scores, for films like Mad Max Fury Road, Deadpool, Black Mass and Divergent. In our 2017 interview with him, he discussed how he uses his modular to create sounds for his soundtrack work:
“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 and everything that I’m doing all day is just making sounds with the modular.
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.
When I need a certain sound, it’s like, ‘I did something a couple of months ago.’ Then I go digging into the folders and I find it. I’m able to work really quick, but still use sounds that I’ve spent hours and hours crafting.”