Monday, 7 November 2011

David Shire Appreciation Post

I re-watched Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation this weekend... it's a great film about a complicated surveillance expert (played by Gene Hackman). One thing I had forgotten is how absolutely awesome the music is.

Composed (and I assume played?) by David Shire, the soundtrack consists almost exclusively of solo piano. It's hard to describe. The playing is steeped in traditional jazz techniques, the main theme even has a ragtime feel to it, rhythmically, but it's obviously more dissonant

If you liked that then you'll be pleased to find that the entire soundtrack is available on Spotify; David Shire – The Conversation

I used to have Shire's soundtrack to 'The Taking of Pelham 123', which is funky as hell

Other than that he composed the track 'Salsation' for the film Saturday Night Fever, which is kind of memorable in the film, in the scene where Travolta gets the DJ to play it and everyone goes "what the fuck is this shit" and leaves etc. They just couldn't handle those latin polyrhythms

Tony Touch sampled it on this absolute CLASSIC BANGER too:

Anyway... I digress. the point of this post is to cop that The Conversation soundtrack now, it's a beaut. Thank me later.

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