We often have the subtle sounds of instrumental pop and classical music on in our studio and even more so since musician Tokio Myers, winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2017, wowed us with his musicality. His ability to take a classical sound and add layer upon layer or synth and electro sounds has been music to our ears…
We find instrumental music supports our creative flow- allowing us to visualise and build images of what we are trying to achieve.
This really made us think about who our inspirational musician was and it was pretty easy to agree upon John Williams.
Really, we’re talking about a composer, conductor and pianist as Musician doesn’t do this man justice. Awarded the US National Medal of the Arts in 2009, Mr John Williams has composed some of the most iconic and outstanding film scores of our time.
Superman, Indiana Jones, ET, Star Wars, Jurassic Park- need we go on? Williams has won five Academy Awards (and has been nominated for a whopping fifty), won twenty-three Grammy awards and has won many more accolades during his 65 year career – which we’re glad to say isn’t over yet.
At the beginning of this on-going incredible career Williams was drafted into the U.S Air Force where he played, arranged and conducted music. Following this he worked as a Jazz pianist and from then on things just got bigger and bigger most notably pairing up with Stephen Spielberg (composing film scores for all but two of his films). His style is inspired by 19th century large-scale orchestral music, often referred to as neoromanticism in genre, which is clearly evident when you listen to any of his pieces.
A tell tale sign you’re listening to a Williams work would not only be the large, sweeping orchestral score but the use of ‘Leitmotif’ – for those of you who are not so musically inclined, this means the short, constantly recurring phrase or musical motif which the composer has associated with a person, place or idea. For example, think Star Wars and you will fondly remember ‘Luke’s Theme’, ‘Princess Leia’s Theme’ and the ‘Force Theme’.
His ability to create a memorable melody which conjures up images of a person or place is a talent not everyone possesses but for Williams, this is comes naturally. “Writing a tune is like sculpting,” Williams once said. “You get four or five notes, you take one out and move one around, and you do a bit more and eventually, as the sculptor says, “In that rock there is a statue, we have to go find it.”
This quote is inspiring to us and is reminiscent of when we’re working on a project or mood board; sometimes, you have everything you need but need to do some rearranging to get it just right which is what we love about VM and creating from scratch. Most recently we have been working on an interior project and just like we have mentioned, once we re-arranged some of the textures and colours, we found the exact look and ’theme’ we were trying to achieve.
So, although we may not always be playing the best of John Williams we’ll certainly use him as inspiration when we’re setting the scene for our next event.