VIENNA 2013: JAMES HORNER INTERVIEWED BY THOR JOACHIM HAGA
With kind permission of the author we publish three answers of James Horner. To listen to the full interview go to celluloidtunes.no
James Horner: Oh that's a good question. It depends on how far back. Some films I wouldn't do now, and so some films I'd prefer if the soundtrack wasn't released now. There are other films that weren't successful but were I thought, good compositions that I do wish would be on a soundtrack that gets re-issued, but a lot of the films that were very successful and had successful soundtracks are being re-issued which is sort of interesting. I never thought there would be that kind of interest or, you know, or whether that world really existed.
James Horner: Jim and I had worked a couple of times together when he was at Roger Corman. He was an editor and a cameraman, and then he made Aliens. So I met Jim when he was a cameraman on Battle Beyond the Stars, which was a century ago. It happened to be a film that was Roger Corman's first film to be co-produced by a larger company, Orion, and it was released by Paramount, and that's how Paramount discovered me, and that was my first stepping stone, going up doing movies with them. But Aliens was, uhm, interesting because they, I think he (Jim) was under a lot of pressure to get it done in a given time frame, and he was used to doing everything himself, in a corner. And in England, all these sets were done, but everything was so slow. And I had got to England to write the score, but they were still shooting, yet alone editing, and the studio didn't really know. It all got done but I had very little time to write the score. It was a difficult assignment for me.
James Horner: The only scene that I did darkly was at the end of the movie which was this long, long sequence. It's very intense. The rest of it was done as this Brahms-like lullaby and it was just meant to capture the period and capture the family and capture the boy, without scoring it. It was wistful, bittersweet. It wasn't meant to be 'scoring' the movie. It was meant to be thoughts of that period, and uhm, but that was really the assignment I set for myself.