Sacred Noise’s Michael Montes “Scores” AgainMichael Montes, the award-winning composer/creative director/co-founder of music/sound design house Sacred Noise recently scored two new independent films—America 5/18/2004 8:00 AM Eastern
Michael Montes, the award-winning composer/creative director/co-founder of music/sound design house Sacred Noise recently scored two new independent films—America Brown and Belle—both of which premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, held May 1 through May 9.
Written and directed by filmmaker Paul Black and starring Michael Rappaport, Natasha Lyonne, Karen Black and newcomer Ryan Kwante, America Brown is described as a coming-of-age drama filled with "emotional, dreamy tinged” music. “It's not dark, but there is a sense of sadness in it," says Montes, who worked closely with the director on the sound and placement of the music. Montes used a string ensemble, piano and acoustic guitar. "The challenge for me was doing a lot of musical experimenting. I wrote a lot of pieces—more than we would ever use—played them for Paul and after detailed discussions I moved forward from there."
Belle, a short film directed by New York filmmaker Ruth Sergel, features Klezmer-style compositions recorded live using tuba, clarinet, cello, violin and trombone. "Klezmer music is filled with a lot of spirituality and joy," says Montes. "I did a lot of research was able to find some early recordings made in the 1900s. Listening to those records helped me understand the tonality, instrumentation and the spirit of it all."
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