Sunday, January 28, 2007


We are living in a modern world, and in contemporary music the central fact is contamination, not the contamination of disease but the contamination of musical styles.

If you find this in me, that is good.

Ennio Morricone in The Maestro of Spaghetti Westerns Takes a Bow in today's New York Times.

Later in the piece it's mentioned that: "For the beginning of Once Upon a Time in the West he persuaded the director, Mr. Leone, not to use conventional instruments at all: just amplified ambient sounds, from the creak of a swinging sign to the screech of an arriving train.

"Mr. Morricone is wary of having too much music in a film. 'It’s useless,' he said. 'After a while the audience loses track, and you cannot appreciate the psychological idea and aim that the music has.'"

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