Tag Archives: The Tenant
Damn – they stole my idea – or rather they beat me to the punch. I love the piece “Proven Lands” on Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood’s soundtrack to There Will be Blood – if there were ever a beat to be flipped from music made for a string ensemble, this is it, and I’ve been struggling to find a way to remix it/mash it up. Now, it seems Radiohead and MF Doom (or DOOM, as he now prefers to be called) have done just that with “Retarded Fren“: Continue reading
Critics hated The Tenant when it came out in 1976, saying it bordered on “self parody” and a dissipation of “whatever talent [Roman Polanski] once had” – all the more reason to love it.
Macabre, absurd and indeed supremely self-indulgent, the film’s influence on psychological horror films is undeniable, not least of which for its amazing soundtrack and Roman Polanski’s memorable lines as his character suffers a complete mental breakdown (in drag, no less). Continue reading
Roman Polanski made this film, based on a novel by Roland Topor, in 1976 – the last in his acclaimed “Apartment Trilogy” (which includes Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby). Unlike many of Polanski’s films, which were scored by Polish jazz legend Krzystof Komeda, The Tenant was scored by French film composer Philippe Sarde.
Sarde’s score features a “glass harmonica” that Mozart himself had played as an aural reference to the protagonist’s (played by Polanksi himself) obsession with glass. I remixed Sarde’s main theme and added some aural embellishments of my own. Continue reading