from Thursday, February14th of the year2008.
I’m here in Iceland conducting and arranging both Ben Frost’s score for the Australian movie How to Change in Nine Weeks (based on a true story of a disturbed girl who killed her childhood friend) as well as Valgeir’s score for an Icealndic CSI-style TV show.
One of the things I am happiest about in my life is that I spent many, many years as a copyist; I had assorted jobs working for M&Co, and would pick up hours doing Philip Glass’s filmscores, but the rest of the time, I would always have a copying job or two sitting around my house. It’s a nice feeling to facilitate somebody else’s music for a change. What’s fun about this situation now is that I am arranging, conducting and managing all the copy work for these two scores, which splits the difference; I don’t have any of the authorial anxiety of having written it or having to deal with Australian and/or Icelandic directors on a deadline and a budget; instead, I just have to fly in, and spend four days making these scores sound the best I know how. It’s a very rewarding way to spend a few days, enabling and coaxing rather than the usual business of constant anxiety and restless production.
And, of course, it means that I get to get out of the city for a few days and engage with the north. In the pool yesterday, I was reminded of this situation with the wind and the weather here, where it seems like the wind passes over the island entirely – to get caught in a windstorm here is to be caught in an Epic Stream of wind. It makes sitting in an outdoor hot tub that much more warming, and eating inside all that much more cozÃ½.