Brian Reitzell explores percussion in movies with Antonio Sanchez (Birdman), Richard Beggs (Apocalypse Now) and Frank Cassara (Philip Glass Ensemble).
Have you ever wondered how Francis Ford Coppola created all this subliminal suspense in Apocalypse Now, or what made Birdman’s long shots such a gripping affair? Composer extraordinaire and film music expert Brian Reitzell investigates. Himself a drummer by trade, Brian dissects iconic pieces from Toru Takemitsu to Peter Gabriel, and sits down with three fellow masters of cinematic sounds. While Francis Ford Coppola’s music supervisor Richard Beggs talks about the peculiar genesis of Apocalypse Now’s various soundtracks and working with The Police’s Stuart Copeland on Rumble Fish, Frank Cassara discusses bringing Phillip Glass’s Powaqqatsi to life. Lastly, Antonio Sanchez of the Pat Metheny Group lets us in on the unique experience that was scoring Birdman. Drums, please!