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A BAFTA, An Oscar And An Ant-Man

Steven Price triumphed at last night’s 86th Academy Awards landing the Oscar for Best Original Score with Gravity. His astounding achievement is even greater when you look at the composers he was up against that included John Williams, Thomas Newman and Alexandre Desplat. He told his home town newspaper The Nottingham Post, “My house was full of music, my main memories are of the record player at home, it was all Beatles and Stones and we danced around the living room, that started me off on instruments and I’ve done nothing else ever since.” He explained to The LA Times how his groundbreaking score combining orchestral and electronic elements came about, “I was trying to write emotional music but none of the conventional instruments were cutting it. I spent a full day throwing ideas at it — then I got a cello and played it through a guitar tremolo pedal. It had a fluttering effect, which really got the melody going. It was the start of what became Ryan’s theme, which you experience in its fullest version at the end of the film.” He is now at work on the score for Marvel’s forthcoming Ant-Man.


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