About Carter Burwell:
Carter Benedict Burwell is an American composer of film scores.
I like business and personal life to be distinct.
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.
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'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.
The flow of Guiness into the studio was inspirational as well as nutritive.
I prefer a life in which we don't take ourselves too seriously.
Carefully execute every instruction given to you by the director, producer, and studio. But that would be a life not worth living.
A carefree quality is a whole aspect of life that I will never understand. I don't think I have ever been carefree and can't see the pleasure of it.
John Barry was my hero when I was about 13. His scores to the James Bond movies were the scores of my life back then.
Learning how to improvise really awakened my interest in music.
I just love the sheer mess of New York.
I don't find myself lobbying for projects. Filmmakers almost always come to me.
When the systems we expect to help us actually hurt us, we have tragedy.
If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.
New Yorkers may think they're on some cutting edge, but that's not especially true. It is, however, the most exciting heterogeneous mess of a town I've ever seen.
John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of. As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.