May
4
7:00 PM19:00

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary with special guest Richard Walter of the MIM

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary

WITH SPECIAL GUEST, RICHARD. D WALTER, PHD
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM CURATOR FOR UNITED STATES/CANADA

 

ABOUT THE FILM: 

What's Star Wars without John Williams? Pirates of the Caribbean without Hans Zimmer? Toy Story without Randy Newman?

What makes a score unforgettable? Taking a peek at how composers developed some of the most iconic scores in history, SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY follows the creative struggles of designing a modern soundtrack from scratch, featuring some of cinema’s most recognized names in film music.

SCORE explores the power and influence of film scores in the modern world while revealing the evolution of sound and how composers assemble music the complements a picture to achieve powerful reactions from worldwide audiences.

Featuring interviews from: Composers Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Alexandre Desplat, Howard Shore, and Mark Mothersbaugh; Directors James Cameron and Garry Marshall; Film Critic Leonard Maltin; and archival footage from Steven Spielberg, John Williams, and Thomas Newman

 

JOINING US FOR OUR POST-FILM DISCUSSION IS RICHARD D. WALTER, PHD, CURATOR OF UNITED STATES/CANADA FOR THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM.

Richard Walter earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archaeology from Washington & Lee University and his master’s and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology and folklore from Indiana University. Throughout his career, he has witnessed the value of sharing live music with local communities, gained knowledge of historical recording technologies at audio archives, and conducted fieldwork across the United States. A variety of teaching positions encouraged him to adopt new strategies for communicating the value of art and music in peoples’ lives.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) represents an ideal intersection where Walter’s interests in material culture, musical traditions, and human interactions from around the world are explored and celebrated every day. With particular interests in American vernacular music and associated instruments, he is primarily focused on MIM’s North American collections and exhibits.

 

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