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John Zorn (1953 - )

Lifespan: 1953 -

Related: saxophone - New York music - modern clasical music - free jazz


John Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John Zorn [Aug 2006]

I decided to ask John Zorn to compose the soundtrack for The Elegant Spanking

Maria Beatty: I decided to ask John Zorn to compose the soundtrack for The Elegant Spanking because cinema has always been a central element in Zorn's life and work. The most important thing for Zorn is doing a soundtrack work is creative freedom. His musical composition for The Elegant Spanking was based on trust and his personal interest in S/M and the perverse. It was a natural bonding and understanding of perversion and instinctively we were on the same wavelength. I never doubted Zorn's creative decisions and gave him the freedom to compose directly to the sequence of images. I suggested a more classical, romantic, and subtle approach to the track with harp/cello/viola/percussion but I never interfered or supervised the composition. It was based on trust. I was VERY pleased with the final soundtrack by Zorn but unfortunately my collaborator/mistress (at the time)/and co-star Goddess Rosemary was opposed to Zorn's style and composition. Rosemary created her own soundtrack that included solo piano (similar to piano performed live to silent b&w film -- ala silent film era). I felt her soundtrack was unsophisticated and dominated the images -- rather than complimenting and supporting the flow of the choreography of the piece. I went with Zorn's soundtrack on my final cut, and Rosemary went with her piano creation. This type of decision making was not uncommon during our relationship and creative collaborations together. It was either her way or no way. If I fought for my way then I was no longer considered a sweet submissive slave but rather a controlling from the top masochist. http://www.bleuproductions.com/interview2.html

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