Buc, a globetrotting conductor for live-in-concert film scores, considers Ellis and Cave disruptors in the industry – both in their unique sound and roundabout process.
“There’s no orchestra, there’s not even any sheet music for musicians to play, it’s much more an improvisatory exploration of sound, discovering the sonic fabric of the film through recording and jamming for days in the studio.”
That two Australians have become synonymous with American cowboy stories and barren Southern backdrops is ironic, but unsuprising from Cave, the 'The Prince of Darkness', and Ellis, the son of a country-western singer.
For Film Music, Cave, Ellis and Buc performed on stage with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonic Choirs, recreating the scores of The Proposition, The Road, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Hell or High Water, Wind River and West of Memphis – six cross-genre films bound by their visions of rugged landscapes and violent men.
“Together they’ve managed to create an entirely new kind of sound world that just seems to work so perfectly with the dry, dusty landscapes in contemporary Westerns,” Buc says.
They’re not the first rock stars to dabble in film scores. Trent Reznor, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood have most successfully taken to the silver screen, collaborating with the likes of David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson. So have powerhouses Daft Punk and Arcade Fire, whose unmistakeable sounds underpinned Tron: Legacy and the Oscar-nominated Her.