Behind the Soundtrack: ‘Uncut Gems’ with Daniel Lopatin

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After winning the 2017 Cannes Film Festival Soundtrack Award for their ‘Good Time‘ collaboration, indie filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie and experimental electronic musician Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) have joined forces once again on ‘Uncut Gems,’ the latest Safdie brothers crime thriller featuring Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, and The Weeknd.

Join Daniel Lopatin and Josh Safdie on a cosmic journey through the film’s synth-packed score, which includes extensive use of Moog One, in an original Moog Music documentary that will be released in early January 2020.

In this in-depth documentary, Lopatin and Safdie detail the creative process and artist discoveries behind scoring a film that blends compulsive gambling, new age music, the NYC Diamond District, addiction, the NBA, and mobsters.

“It needs to be majestic. It needs to be rich. It needs to be new. It needs to feel like it can’t be transient. It can’t be small. So I was always really, really trying to find through that alchemical process what textures would emerge,” the composer illustrates. “You’re just praying for those moments. And when they happen, you just hold onto them for dear life.”

We began collaborating with Lopatin at the beginning of his film scoring process, which coincided with his initial exploration of the Moog One synthesizer. Working closely through studio visits and sound design discussions, we developed a synergy with Lopatin, which helped birth the specific sounds he and the Safdies envisioned for the ‘Uncut Gems’ soundtrack—sounds that nod to the synth-heavy scores of electronic music icons.

Creative collaboration with artists has always been the heart and soul of Moog Music, beginning with Bob Moog and professor Herb Deutsch’s collective development of the first Moog modular synthesizer in 1964.

via moog news


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