Author Archives: Son Lux

AKAI MPC 2000/The History of Sampling [Featured]

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(interview & editing by Thomas Kennedy)


Questions asked in the course of this interview:

Please explicate the psychosocial significance, economic impact, and historical resonance of the of the AKAI MPC 2000.  Just kidding.  But seriously though can you just talk a little bit about the AKAI?

How do you relate or not relate to the whole plunderphonic philosophy?  (That the sampler is a legitimate instrument, not just a way to steal other people’s sounds, and that music should belong to the commons once it’s been recorded and distributed)

Did the CIA, in cooperation with the FBI & COINTELPRO, intentionally manufacture the crack epidemic by selling crack to young black men in the Watts neighborhood of LA in order to fund their illegitimate support of counter-insurgent paramilitary forces in Nicaragua?  Yes or no?

Bright Lights! (Good News from the Toronto Film Festival) [Featured]

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The Toronto International Film Festival just announced their lineup of Special Presentations for this year. I’m very pleased to report that two films I worked on, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and Don Jon are on the list!

I composed the music for Disappearance, which is actually a double-feature. It’s my first feature film score. The movie, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, is two unique films that tell the same story, but from different perspectives (“Him” and “Her”). The films work independently of one another, and can play in either order. I did some really geeky things with the score, which I’ll write about later.

Don Jon was scored by Nathan Johnson, but I got to help him a bit by making synths and beats and co-writing a banger for a few club scenes. Nathan and I worked together extensively on his score for last year’s Looper. Don Jon is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, and stars Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and Joe.