Thom Yorke discusses writing the score for Suspiria

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has revealed the story behind his score for forthcoming horror remake Suspiria.

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival, Yorke said that scoring the film was “an odd process from the beginning”.

“Suspiria is one of those legendary soundtracks. It took a few months to even contemplate the idea,” he said.

“It was one of those moments in your life where you want to run away but you know you’ll regret it if you do. I watched the original film several times, and I loved it because it was of that time, an incredibly intense soundtrack. Obviously [1977 soundtrack composers] Goblin and Dario worked incredibly closely when they did it together.”

Yorke said he did not want to replicate the original. “There was no point, other than what I found interesting was they used repetition of motifs, again and again and again,” he said. “Part of your mind was saying, ‘Please, I don’t want to hear this anymore.’”

“That was really great,” he said. “There’s a way of repeating in music that can hypnotize. I kept thinking to myself that it’s a form of making spells. So when I was working in my studio I was making spells. I know it sounds really stupid, but that’s how I was thinking about it.”

 

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