Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' The 10 Best Films Of 2004 The 10 Best Films Of 2004 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck The 10 Best Films Of 2003 The 10 Best Films Of 2003 First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Watch: Arcade Fire & Owen Pallett Scoring Spike Jonze's 'Her' In New Featurette

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 20, 2014 at 3:30PM

While Arcade Fire's still (frustratingly) unreleased, Oscar nominated score is key ingredient to the melancholy romance of "Her," from the outset, Spike Jonze had a different idea about what he wanted for the music in his film. "I was initially thinking I would get a bunch of different artists to write music," the director told Digital Spy.
0
Her, Joaquin Phoenix

While Arcade Fire's still (frustratingly) unreleased, Oscar nominated score is key ingredient to the melancholy romance of "Her," from the outset, Spike Jonze had a different idea about what he wanted for the music in his film. "I was initially thinking I would get a bunch of different artists to write music," the director told Digital Spy. "I could get people like James Murphy, MIA, Karen O, Arcade Fire, get all these bands that I love to write three or four pieces of music that's like music from the future, and what music is gonna sound like in 20 years. There'd be heartbreak songs, love songs, all these different songs, melancholy songs and I'd give them themes to write about. But then once I'd written the script I was like 'Actually this isn't that kind of movie, it's not a movie where you can just drop songs in. ' "

And good thing, because his next call was to Win Butler and pretty soon he had Arcade Fire doing the music for the entire film. And you might be surprised by some of the influences that came to bear on the score. "I had this Breeders song that we used called 'Off You' that we use towards the beginning that's a real template for the movie. There's another song, 'Skeletons', by Yeah Yeah Yeahs that Karen wrote for the record It's Blitz!, and I had an Aphex Twin song 'Avril 14th,' " Jonze said, but Butler opened up the director other textures. "When Win started talking about it, he was giving me ideas and saying listen to Arvo Pärt or Erik Satie or Wolf Parade."

Whatever alchemical magic happened, it has resulted in an Oscar nomination and one of the most memorable film scores of 2013. Below, you can watch a little featurette highlight the band at work recording and scoring the movie via Pitchfork.

This article is related to: Her, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Spike Jonze


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates