Composer Sam Cushion was inspired enough by Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series to produce the unofficial score to “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” film due out August 23.
Sam Cushion is 25 and has been writing orchestral scores based off of books that he likes for almost 5 years. He started playing guitar in high school with a punk band and after graduation found that he really enjoyed composing orchestral music. When Sam was about 20 he started messing around with the idea of a movie style score for books.
Examiner spoke with Sam about what inspired him to compose this score.
What inspired you to create this score based on the first book of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series?
I really am drawn to the dark side of these books. It gives me a unique opportunity to explore musical themes and ideas that I haven’t yet been able to do with other scores. Plus these books really scream the need for an epic score. I only hope that other fans believe my songs do it justice.
What do you love/ find the most fascinating about the Shadowhunter world?
The fact that there is this entire secret world that we (mundanes) have absolutely no idea about. And it isn’t on another planet or a story from the past, it is part of our world and we have no idea.
Was there a specific scene from the book that inspired the preview song on YouTube?
The preview song on YouTube was basically my attempt to gather some sort of feel for ‘City of Bones’. Something to get me started with writing. It could have been 10 minutes long but I felt that once I got an idea of what I liked I should focus efforts on more songs.
Do you think you’ll do more scores based on future Mortal Instruments films?
This score is based on the first book ‘City of Bones’. I like to keep the focus of my scores on the books. The movies will have amazing scores of their own and I don’t want to try to dilute or take away from that experience. But I am most definitely going to be releasing more scores for the other books.
How about The Infernal Devices, specifically “Clockwork Angel,” which is in development?
That is something I would like to do but don’t currently have any specific plans for.
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