Max Richter, the prolific German-born British contemporary composer whose influences range from Bach to Brian Eno, will next month release a double-album from his career in film music. Richter wrote the electronic-infused score to Ari Folman’s “Waltz with Bashir” and has worked on a range of other films from the breakthrough Saudi drama “Wadjda” to the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”
Richter is the world’s most talented composer of this generation. His music for films — which also include Folman’s “The Congress”, Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s “Sarah’s Key” and Henry Alex Rubin’s “Disconnect” — will appear on the album “Out of the Dark Room” set for release May 19.
“It has always been like that, and actually I think I feel very privileged to be in a position where I can do this,” he said.
Richter was speaking on a visit to Paris to promote the third season of the HBO series “The Leftovers” for which he also wrote the score.
The composer said he was drawn by the “absolutely fantastic” script of Damon Lindelof, who based the series on Tom Perrotta’s novel about the mass disappearance of a large segment of the human population and the resulting effects on religion.
Richter has also finished the soundtrack to a period Western called “Hostiles”, starring Christian Bale and directed by Scott Cooper, which he said would come out by the end of the year.
Richter said he was influenced by a generation of musicians who dared to mix genres and who “opened up a space which wasn’t really there before.”
Among them are two collaborators of David Bowie, English ambient artist Brian Eno and Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Japanese synthesizer innovator who brought in African rhythms, as well as minimalist composers Michael Nyman and Philip Glass.