Film.Music.Media: Podcast

Composer Interview: Hanan Townshend (March 17, 2016)

September 15, 2017

One of the most prominent and rewarding director/composer relationships in recent years has been with legendary auteur director Terrence Malick and composer Hanan Townshend. Hanan takes some time to chat about his most recent collaboration with Malick for Knight Of Cups. Hanan tells the story of how he simply answered an ad for a composer for an unnamed director, and it just so happened to be for Terrence Malick. We discuss what it's been like working with one of the most secretive and reclusive directors of our time, and how Hanan approached scoring Knight Of Cups. Some of the challenges scoring a Malick film of course are that Hanan isn't scoring to picture, and has to navigate between Malick's use of classical pieces. Hanan provides some amazing insight here and talks about the discussions he and Malick had, and what Hanan wanted the music to accomplish. Hanan also sheds some light on Malick's upcoming projects. It was a true pleasure to welcome back such a fantastic composer to Film.Music.Media.

Interview Conducted By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Hanan Townshend
JC Chamboredon
Milan Records