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Guest; Cliff Martinez/Composer/Contagion/Traffic

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Mr. Cliff Martinez is an american composer. Mr. Steven Soderbergh’s hired Mr. Martinez to score the director’s first theatrical release 1989’s sex, lies, and videotape.  Martinez’s longstanding relationship with Soderbergh has continued through the years and they have worked together on ten theatrical releases including Kafka, The Limey, Traffic, Solarisand 2011’s Contagion. Mr. Martinez’s approach to scoring is nontraditional.  His scores tend towards being stark and sparse, utilizing a modern tonal palette to paint the backdrop for films that are often dark, psychological stories like Pump Up the Volume (1990), The Limey (2009) Wonderland (2003), Wicker Park (2004), and Drive (2011).  Martinez has been nominated for a Grammy Award (Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic) and a Cesar Award (Xavier Giannoli’s A L’origine). Still the drummer at heart, Martinez’s use of audio manipulations, particularly for percussive sounds, has been evolving through the years and is evident by the hammered dulcimer of Kafka the gray-areas between sound design and score for Traffic the steel drums and textures of Solaris what Martinez called ‘rhythmi-tizing pitched, ambient textures’ of Narc and ‘using percussion performances to trigger and shape the rhythmic and tonal characteristics of those ambient textures,’ as he described his score for 2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer. Cliff Martinez’s upcoming films include Nicolas Refn’sDrive, Xavier Giannoli’s Talk Show, and Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion. You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com Link: www.123FilmEasy.com Follow us on Twitter @123Film 

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