Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Interview

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Ant-Man
17 July 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Attack The Block (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

My Life In Soundtracks: Joe Cornish
Exclusive: Hollywood's great and good on the movie music that defines them

submit to reddit

My Life In Soundtracks: Joe Cornish

The first soundtrack I bought...

When I was eight I was under the illusion that I'd bought the 'Star Wars' soundtrack, but I discovered I'd actually bought some knock-off eastern european orchestra murdering a selection of Sci Fi Themes that happened to include Star Wars. I'm still furious about it. My first authentic soundtrack would have been 'Flash Gordon', on vinyl, circa 1980, from WH Smiths in Streatham. It was full of samples from the movie and I still know every word and can do all the voices and sound effects. Only in mono though.

The soundtrack that most inspired me...

I love John Carpenter's scores for Assault On Precinct 13, Halloween and The Fog. I love how minimalist they are, how much suspense and atmosphere he gets out of ticking percussion and riffs that can be played with one finger. You get an pretty unique sense of single-minded authorship when you're watching a movie whose script, direction and score all come from the same brain.

Soundtrack currently on heavy rotation...

I like to have soundtracks playing when I'm writing, so I make long playlists of mood-appropriate stuff. It's easier to get into the swing of the work each time you sit down to write if you're always listening to the same pieces of music. Kind of a Pavlov's Dog thing. Currently on heavy rotation are Vangelis' Blade Runner, mixed with Cliff Martinez's Solaris and a bunch of Frank Ocean.

My soundtrack guilty pleasure...

It's not really a guilty pleasure, but Riz Ortolani's score for Cannibal Holocaust is an unexpected delight. It includes a lovely jazz funk number called Drinking Coco which, given the title of the film, might not be the activity you think it is.

The Greatest Movie Soundtracks - Empire's Music Celebration

Interview by Phil de Semlyen


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Magazine's 300th Issue: Guest-Editted By The World's Greatest Directors!
Spielberg, Abrams, Mann, Whedon, Fincher, Coppola and many, many more!

Video: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann And Kate Upton Talk The Other Woman
Prepare your mind for the concept of 'dog ball plumage'

The Best Barry Norman Anecdotes From His Empire Podcast Interview
From nearly punching Robert De Niro to the real story about ‘And why not?’

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)