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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke: Making a Film Score is ‘Terrifying’

"It’s hard because I’m way out of my comfort zone."

By Robyn Collins

“It’s absolutely terrifying,” Thom Yorke says of scoring music for a remake of the 1977 Italian horror film, Suspiria — a film about an American ballet student who transfers to a German dance academy only to find out it’s a front for something sinister. The Radiohead frontman recently sat down BBC Radio 6 to discuss. Listen below.

“It’s hard because I’m way out of my comfort zone, and I can’t read music so it’s not like I’m writing for orchestra. I’m building it all myself. In fact, I watched Blade Runner twice at the weekend. ‘Oh, that sound, I could do something like that, that’s quite easy,’” he jokes. “‘I’ll rip that bit off there and that bit there and I’ll be fine.’”

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Yorke explained just how the Blade Runner score inspired him, “Vangelis, it’s his hands that made that. Which encouraged me. Because that was the thing I was finding most daunting. Normally [scoring] a horror movie involves orchestras, these specific things. But Luca [Guadagnino], the director, and Walter [Fasano], the editor, are very much, like, find your own path with it. I just have to find a way into it.”

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