Risk, Creative Labor, and the Integrative Jazz-Film: Producing the Improvised Soundtracks of Birdman and Afterglow
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Improvised film soundtrack production is rare, influenced by the film industry's general risk-aversion. This article examines the behind-the-scenes production of two unique improvised scores: Antonio Sanchez’s jazz percussion score for Birdman (2014); and jazz trumpeter Mark Isham’s soundtrack for Afterglow (1997), illustrating how improvised film scores can shatter conventional scoring production methods, as well as generate opportunities for new creative directions in both jazz and film.
Carlson, Gretchen. “Risk, Creative Labor, and the Integrative Jazz-Film: Producing the Improvised Soundtracks of Birdman and Afterglow.” Jazz and Culture Vol. 2 (2019): 27-58.
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