Thom Yorke has been discussing the writing process behind his debut score for horror film Suspiria.
Yorke, attendance at this year’s Venice Film Festival where the film is premiering, participated in a discussion to talk about his work composing the soundtrack for Luca Guadagnino’s horror remake.
“There’s a way of repeating in music which can hypnotize, and I kept thinking to myself it was a form of making spells. So when I was working in my studio, I was making spells—and that sounds really stupid but that’s how I was thinking about it,” he said.
“It was a sort of freedom I’d not had before: I’m not working in the format of a song or arrangement, I’m just exploring. I’m putting things out into my studio and seeing what my studio is bringing back.”
The picture, starring the likes of Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, and Chloë Grace Moretz and Jessica Harper, will also include Radiohead’s Yorke who has put together his first-ever film score. Harper was the lead actress of the original film, although she appears in a different role.
When discussing the film, Guadagnino explained how he showed the film to his close friend Tarantino and it had quite the effect: “I showed it to Quentin Tarantino. We’ve been friends since our jury duty at the Venice Film Festival,” Guadagnino told Italian magazine La Pepubblica. “I was nervous but eager to hear his advice. We saw it at his place and his reaction warmed me.
“He was enthusiastic about it – in the end, he was crying and hugged me. Because it’s a horror movie but also a melodrama, my goal was to make you look at the horror without being able to take [your eyes off the screen] because you’re captivated by the characters. Amazon is very happy,” he added.