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Born: October 20, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Music ...
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"His work is full of atmosphere, tension and layers like no other composer I know of. My sound editors tell me his music has 'air' in it, meaning he understands the need for music to play alongside sound effects. Above all, he thinks about storytelling, how music can carry subtext, and subconscious meanings." --Gillian Armstrong quoted in Daily Variety, July 15, 1997

"I've worked with a small group of players for many, many years now. I come in with sketchy stuff, kind of skeletal materials, and I need their help in establishing what instruments we could go with and what register of those instruments. It's quite collaborative, musically. My core players are Rick Cox, who does sound design and plays prepared guitar; Michael Fisher, percussion; and George Doering, who is a master of all types of strumming instruments--guitars, mandolins and such. There were about six or seven solo small ensemble players for 'American Beauty' and it's a good group. I try to set up an intuitive kind of environment where we're doing as little talking as we can and just try things out. I welcome input from them. They really polish me up." --Thomas Newman quoted in The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Special Issue, January 2000

On the necessity for subtlety in film scores: "You want to say as little as you can and get the most punch out of it, always with the knowledge that people are not in the theater to listen to your music so much as to respond to the movie. You're a part of the experience." --Newman in Daily Variety Gotham, January 21, 2000

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