Syncsmith presents: Graded 01 - Hodge

Navigating the exhuberant tour schedule and distinct aversion to self-gratification we sat down with Bristol based producer and sound engineer Hodge to extract an inspirational chronicle of soundtracks and film scores that have galvanised his career to date.


Ten - Escape From New York by John Carpenter

Admittedly there are loads of John Carpenter soundtracks that I love but every time I hear this soundtrack it makes me insanely happy, and I keep just saying to myself it’s so good, for that reason it will always be one of my favourite ever soundtracks.

Questions: What is that makes you happy, why has this stood the test of time, why this over other JC works? What does JC have above other composers?

Nine - Ghost In The Shell by Kenji Kawai

The most incredible vocal and powerful percussion ever. That start stop feel it’s got with the huge reverb creates such an epic feel. Love it.

Questions: What do you mean by that start stop feel, how do you think it was achieved, what does that effect give the score. Could you elaborate on what makes a score "epic"?

Eight - Hackers by Simon Boswell

I loved this film and I still do and the soundtrack plays a major part of that, it absolutely captures the mood of the film perfectly. Plus the noises synchronised to the hacking visuals are brilliant, big white noise sweeps, oh and the voice effects on the speaking virus combined with hackers scudding around the city on Roller Skates to Orbital? Genius!

Questions: Has this score effected your own productions, is there anything you would alter on this score?

Seven - Interstellar by Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer on form as ever, such a captivating soundtrack which uses dynamics perfectly. He creates such an amazing feeling of tension in some of the scenes its almost too much.

Questions: How is that tension created, and how does that effect the environment, what is it specifically that captivates you from a tension perspective?

Six - Bladerunner by Vangelis

I love films in general and to be honest if I did this selection in 2 weeks time I probably would remember a different choice and include that over something else. I’ve got some super obvious choices in here because I’m just being honest rather than trying to be clever and choose something for the sake of it. Bladerunner is my first choice and needs no explanation it's amazing, one of the best films ever with undoubtably the best soundtracks too.

Questions: Whats your thoughts on the forthcoming sequel? If anyone who would you select to re-do the score?

Five - Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch

Really entertaining watching the interview with Angelo Badalamenti on youtube explaining how he wrote the themes whilst David Lynch explained the scenes to him. That takes some serious spontaneous creativity and I’m into it.

Questions: How old were you when Twin peaks was around, were you as into it as everyone else claims to be, again what do you think to the re-run that is forthcoming?

Four - Pi by Clint Mansell

When I first saw Pi I was about 13 or 14 I think, and the soundtrack blew me away, like took my head off. All about those high pitched screaming noises and the atmosphere after the initial break hits, it’s by Clint Mansell who recently did some great music for Black Mirror too.

Questions: Why did the soundtrack blow you away, what is it about Clint mangles production that is so immersive, has the effected your compositions?

Three - Purple Rain by Prince & Michel Colombier

Kind of cheating, but come on.

Questions: Where were you when you first saw Purple Rain, not a score as such but yea explain and elaborate on this one if you could.

Two - Koyaanisqatsi by Phillip Glass

Minimalist music done to perfection.

Questions: Not one I'm familiar with, care to explain the choice of film/soundtrack, what this film means to you and why the score is so engaging?

One - Logans Run by Jerry Goldsmith

Such good sound design, loads of 70s synths and brilliant use of reverb. I imagine when this first came out it must have sounded mental.

Questions: Go technical on this one, run out of questions this end...

Graded is a feature where we hold an intimate fireside session with one of our coveted artists and discover the films, the soundtracks and the cinematic scores that have inspired them and challenged their very thought process on filmic composition. The film scores selected may have proved poignant and aligned with emotional times in their development or conversely may have provided a catalyst for research into new techniques or technologies, either way the tracks and scores selected are inspirational, they are personal, they have helped forge a tailored approach to composition and are a vital component of our artists intrinsic direction in sound design.