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Watch & Listen: 'Looper' Composer Nathan Johnson Discusses His Unorthodox Music-making Methods

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 19, 2012 at 12:24PM

Check out these videos of "Looper" composer Nathan Johnson discussing his unorthodox approach to scoring in Rian Johnson's critically acclaimed sci-fi film...
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Nathan Johnson
Nathan Johnson

Check out these videos of "Looper" composer Nathan Johnson discussing his unorthodox approach to scoring in Rian Johnson's critically acclaimed sci-fi film. His musical method is appropriately as inventive and surprising as the film itself, combining field recordings of New Orleans street sounds with traditional instruments, and creating percussion from hardware-store items.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.