Syncsmith presents - Graded 02 : 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 helped galvanise his career to date.
10 - Escape From New York [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.
9 - Ghost In The Shell [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.
8 - Hackers [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!
7 - Interstellar [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.
6 - Bladerunner [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.
5 - Twin Peaks [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.
4 - Pi [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.
3 - Purple Rain [Prince & Michel Colombier]
Kind of cheating, but come on.
2 - Koyaanisqatsi [Phillip Glass]
Minimalist music done to perfection.
1 - Logans Run [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.
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.