Interview with Jo Blankenburg 作曲家专访 乔·布兰肯伯格

Interview with Jo Blankenburg

Author: Clothilde Lebrun

作曲家Jo Blankenburg即将通过 Position Music 发行第二张专辑。继大获成功的Vendetta 之后,这张备受期待的专辑 名为 Elysium  ,将于 7 月 31 日发行。 极乐世界 是在捷克共和国兹林与 Capellen Orchestra & Choir 合作录制的。

Trailer Music News:你是什么时候开始作曲的,为什么开始作曲?

乔·布兰肯伯格: 早在 1997 年,我就发现了自己对创作音乐的兴趣。我小时候曾接受过管风琴演奏培训并学习弹钢琴,但从未真正喜欢过诠释别人的音乐。我高中时的一位音乐老师让我喜欢上了爵士乐,我学会了钢琴即兴创作的艺术。多年后,我对合成器和电子音乐产生了兴趣。不久之后,我将自己的小录音室放在一起,并在模拟采样器上编写节拍和调整样本。五年后,我哥哥把我介绍给了一位年轻的电影制作人,他正在为他的纪录片寻找作曲家。导演给我播放了汉斯·齐默 (Hans Zimmer) 的《最后的武士》(The Last Samurai) 的配乐,并问道:“我们能不能做点类似的事情?”。尽管我当时知道汉斯季默是谁,但我不知道如何处理这个问题。随着最后期限的临近,我听了更多的电影音乐和古典音乐,并开始学习管弦乐队、写作技巧、配器等等——从那以后我就迷上了。对我来说,很明显管弦乐队是纯粹的魔术,并且具有唤起各种情感的独特能力。

TMN:你是如何进入预告片音乐的?

JB: 早在 2008 年,Immediate Music 的 Jeff Fayman 和 Yoav Goren 听了我的音乐并提供了指导。我非常感谢 Jeff 和 Yoav 向我介绍预告片音乐并教我诀窍。

TMN:你从哪里找到灵感的?你有一个特别的创作过程,还是更自发的?

JB: 我的主要乐器是钢琴。我的大部分写作过程都是从即兴演奏钢琴开始的。通过在钢琴上自由弹奏,我试图捕捉某种感觉或情绪。每当和弦进行或旋律给我留下情感印象时,我都会追求它并立即开始将最初的想法充实成更完整的编曲。之后我会开始考虑仪器和编排。

TMN:你能谈谈你的新专辑Elysium吗?为什么叫“极乐世界”?

JB:  “极乐世界”是一个术语,或者更确切地说是古希腊天地之间的一个地方,而希腊人并不相信天堂本身,“极乐世界”是他们对来世的一般概念。我看到的与“Elysium”(也称为“Elysian Fields”)相关的图片和图画是专辑中大部分作品的强大灵感来源。

TMN:告诉我们一些关于Elysium在捷克共和国的录音会议。这一定是一次激动人心的冒险……

JB: 让最大的乐队——管弦乐队演奏你的音乐总是非常特别和难以言喻的。特别是这个录音过程是我一生中经历过的最感人和最激动人心的事情之一。即使在录音后两天,我仍然会因为回想起脑海中的某些时刻而感到不寒而栗。我们有一个惊人的合奏团,由 52 人的弦乐(第一小提琴的 6 位小提琴手、14 人的铜管人和 60 人的混合合唱团组成。

TMN:你对未来有什么特别的计划吗?

JB: 是的,希望我能继续实现我的梦想。

TMN:你从粉丝那里收到的最疯狂的信息是什么?

JB:我 不确定“疯狂”是什么意思,但我确实记得几年前发生的一件真正非同寻常且极其令人羞愧的事件。我的一位音乐迷告诉我她无法怀孕和生育。她已经接受了两次不成功的人工授精。由于她身体的某种倾向,她只能冒险进行最后一次人工授精。因为她所有的希望都寄托在这件事情上,所以她希望自己的情绪处于一种非常放松的状态。她告诉我她会在手术过程中使用我的冥想专辑“Floatovations”。几周后,她告诉我一个惊人的消息,她真的怀孕了,而且这次她的身体反应良好。然后她给我发了她新生儿的照片和一封非常非常感人的感谢信。

TMN:你还有什么想和我们分享的吗?

JB: 永远不要忘记音乐无与伦比的力量。它可以带你度过最艰难的时刻,也可以放大你所体验到的快乐。无论您感觉良好还是沮丧,音乐都会像可靠的朋友一样陪伴在您身边。

TMN:谢谢你,乔!

Composer Jo Blankenburg is about to release a second album through Position Music. Entitled Elysium, this highly-anticipated album, following the successful Vendetta, will be released on July, 31st. Elysium was recorded in Zlin, Czech Republic, with Capellen Orchestra & Choir.

Trailer Music News: When and why did you start to compose?

Jo Blankenburg: It was back in 1997 when I discovered my interest for writing music. I was trained as an organist and learned to play the piano when I was a kid but never really enjoyed interpreting other people’s music. One of my music teachers in high school got me into jazz and I learned the art of piano improvisation. Years later I got interested in synthesizers and electronic music in general. It wasn’t long before I put my own little recording studio together and programmed beats and tweaked samples on analog samplers. Five years later my brother introduced me to a young filmmaker who was looking for a composer for his documentary. The director played me the score of Hans Zimmer’s “The Last Samurai” and asked: “Can we do something in the vein of this?”. Even though I knew who Hans Zimmer was around that time I had no idea on how to approach this. With a looming deadline, I listened to more film music and classical music and started learning about the orchestra, writing techniques, orchestration and so on – and I was hooked ever since. It became obvious to me that the orchestra is just pure magic and unique in its capabilities to evoke all kinds of emotions.

TMN: How did you get into trailer music?

JB: Back in 2008, Jeff Fayman and Yoav Goren from Immediate Music heard my music and offered their mentorship. I’m very thankful to Jeff and Yoav for introducing me to trailer music and for teaching me the ropes.

TMN: Where do you find your inspiration? Do you have a particular creative process, or is it more spontaneous?

JB: My main instrument is the piano. Most of my writing process starts with  improvising on the piano. By playing freely on the piano I try to capture a certain feel or mood. Whenever a chord progression or melody makes an emotional impression on me, I would pursue it and immediately start fleshing out that initial idea into more of a complete arrangement. After that I would start thinking about instrumentation and orchestration.

TMN: Can you talk about your new album, Elysium? Why the name “Elysium”?

JB: “Elysium” is a term, or rather a place in ancient Greece between heaven and earth, whereas the Greeks did not believe in heaven as such, “Elysium” was their general conception of the afterlife. The pictures and drawings I had seen in conjunction with “Elysium”, also referred to as “Elysian Fields”, were a strong source of inspiration for most of the pieces on the album.

TMN: Tell us a bit about the recording sessions of Elysium in the Czech Republic. It must have been an exciting adventure…

JB: It is always very special and way beyond words to have your music performed by the biggest band – the orchestra. This recording process in particular was one of the most moving and exciting things I had ever experienced in my entire life. Even two days after the recording sessions I would still get shivers by recalling certain moments in my mind. We had a staggering ensemble of 52-piece strings (6 concertmasters in the 1st violins), 14-piece brass and a 60-piece mixed choir.

TMN: Do you have particular plans for the future?

JB: Yes, hopefully I’ll be able to continue living my dream.

TMN: What is the craziest message you’ve ever had from a fan?

JB: Not sure about “crazy”, but I do remember one truly extraordinary and utterly humbling event that happened a few years ago. A fan of my music was telling me about her inability to conceive and have children. She had already undergone two unsuccessful artificial inseminations. Due to a certain predisposition in her body she could only risk one final attempt of artificial insemination. As all her hopes were tied to this event, she wanted herself to be in a very relaxed emotional state. She told me she would be using my meditation album “Floatovations” to be played during the procedure.  A few weeks later she told me the amazing news that she actually is pregnant and her body had reacted positively this time. Then she sent me photos of her newborn and a very, very moving thank-you letter.

TMN: Anything else you would like to share with us?

JB: Never forget the unparalleled power of music. It can take you through the most difficult of times, and amplify the joy you experience as well. Regardless of whether you’re feeling great or depressed, music remains by your side like an infallible friend.

TMN: Thank you, Jo!

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