About Carter Burwell:
Carter Benedict Burwell is an American composer of film scores.
Hopefully each film can be given a musical voice of its own, which is not to say that the instrumentation is always unique, but that the relationship between the sound and the image is unique.
In mainstream romantic comedies, I'm usually tearing my hair out. It's just a devastatingly difficult genre for me.
I think I've only done one horror movie, Psycho III. That was a walk in the park compared to a romantic comedy.
The jarring change going from an urban environment to an extremely remote natural environment is extremely inspiring. It's constantly stimulating, it's like a slap in the face.
Even if I went off to some other career, I hope I would still be doing Coen films.
The flow of Guiness into the studio was inspirational as well as nutritive.
Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help.
Any film which views the darker side of life, which is death with a sense of humor, is very much to my taste.
Los Angeles is an industry town, and it has great facilities and personnel. The disadvantage is that everyone there seems to talk about the same subject matter.
I would like to do a science fiction film some day. Star Wars seems really to have destroyed the genre, which at one time offered great musical opportunities.
I just love the sheer mess of New York.
Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film, or at least in narrative feature films.
I write music to please myself. Hopefully the director's enjoying it too.
All my music is very simple in that melody is usually clearly stated.
I have always loved Scottish music - all sorts of Celtic, Gaelic music.
How does my music connect to an audience? That is just a complete mystery to me.
Performing written music, even when I've written it, is not very interesting to me.
I don't generally find myself listening to the music of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it.
I'm one of those people who is actually inspired by a deadline. I might not sleep for many days on end, it may not be good for my health, but it definitely helps.
I prefer a life in which we don't take ourselves too seriously.