COMPOSING WITH NEW COLORS

Learn how composer Max Richter combines musical curiosity and electronic exploration to create his distinctive style.

MAX RICHTER

Max Richter is an award-winning composer, producer, and collaborator. Growing up, his musical experiences were divided between his “straightforward conservatoire training” and a heavy involvement in the emerging punk rock and electronica scenes. Today, his music blends the minimalist aesthetic of classical composers of the early 1960s with modern electronics and eclectic influences.

Richter’s latest album, Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works, is a new recording of his score for Wayne McGregor’s 2015 ballet, based on the work of English writer Virginia Woolf. Listen to it below.

COMPOSERS WITHOUT BORDERS

For the past few years, a new generation of forward-thinking composers has been looking to expand its sonic palette beyond the scope of the traditional orchestra. Max Richter’s approach typifies this movement in two ways: Firstly, through his enthusiastic adoption of cutting-edge technology, and secondly through his breadth of influence.

For an introduction to the new school of orchestral / electronic composition, check out this NI-curated playlist.

EXPANDING THE SONIC PALETTE

Max Richter’s love of electronic instruments developed at an early age, beginning in earnest with the home-built synthesizer kits of his youth. As technology progresses, he has added new elements to his sonic palette, which now encompasses a number of digital and software tools. For the From Sleep tour, the electronic portion of Richter’s live setup was controlled by a KOMPLETE KONTROL S88, linked to a dedicated computer for KONTAKT libraries.

Listen to From Sleep here.



Learn more about Max Richter at his official website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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