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Remember to slap his chops about whilst you ask the question.
ADAM Curtis. Never mind.
is too good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmA141C9-a4
Maybe something about how well-assembled and compelling the music is on his documentaries and the irony that these re-inforce his own message about manipulation of the masses(particularly in century of self and All Watched over By Machines of Loving Grace).
He also often has wildly juxtaposed music when the topic becomes VERY serious (eg Tutsi civil war.) It'll contrast the images with Lift Music or something similar.
Can you let us know where and when this interview is published, please?
I would definitely be interested to know what he has to say.
there's some contractual arrangement that all documentaries made in the UK have to use Radioactivity by Kraftwerk in the soundtrack. Not that I'm complaining, but it seemed for a while I couldn't turn on the tv without hearing it
Did he think the song '(He Hit Me) And It Felt Like A Kiss' was symptomatic of the psycholsis of the '50/'60s America that the film/play It Felt Like A Kiss was depicting, or was it just, like, serendipitous that that one song happened to come from that one period? If that makes any sense...
Pretty obv question, but does he have an idea of what music he's after, then go and find it, or does he create the films with music in mind, and find a place to use them?
Like he used Burial - Forgive all the way through AWOBMOLG, to absolutely awesome effect, but I was wondering if he was a fan of the tune first, and wanted to use it in a film, or did he have an idea of a mood that he wanted to produce, then found a piece "to fit" by searching (or having others search for him)?
Also, when he uses more classic pop or - particularly - american country, he does so quite cynically and to sinister effect. Does he believe that popular music is part of these great overarching themes that he intends to expose/illuminate in his films (he uses popular cinema in the same way)? Or is it primarily a filmic, artisic, emotive aura that he's trying to create, rather than trying to couple music with, say, Media Control, for instance?
Bit confusing that, I'm in a rush, soz lur
will add them to the list. i'm interviewing him early next week now, so you've a bit more time if you have a burning question! keep it music related though, as that's mainly what it's about. it'll be up on DiS once it's written... :)
i can fall back on all the ones i came up with - "do you like music?" and "can you put ghosting season in everything you do from this point onwards please?"
He does seem such a serious fella.
is he ever going to make his film about 'dogs in art'. And did he enjoy Bjork's Biophilia concert in Manchester?
He would be one of my favourite people to interview...
But does he have much say in the soundtrack choices? If so, ask him about his definite Nine Inch Nails bias. And politically, about his views on Europe and the current debt crisis.
And the current government. And the resurgence of conservatism in the UK (especially within music...)