Well this is unexpected, but awesome! Caught this amazing article on Pitchfork this morning talking about Mike Patton‘s (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) work on the new Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) film “A Place Beyond the Pines” starring Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine, Gangster Squad). I knew that Mike Patton dabbled a bit with OST’s when he did the sound track for the Saverio Costanzo film The Solitude of Prime Numbers, but it appears he’s serious about this new direction. I myself dreamed about adapting one of the Mr. Bungle albums into a musical, but I digress.
The director speaks in length about his love affair with Mike and talks about how he used to blast his music in his apartment.
DC: When I was living in Boulder, there were these two girls who lived underneath me who kept coming up to the house and bringing us food, which was nice. But I started listening to Patton’s music as loud as I could because I wanted to be left alone at that time. [laughs]
MP: That’s what my music is good for– clearing out the house and being alone. [laughs]
Sounds like this guy was a lot like me when I heard Bungle’s Disco Volante album. Keep in mind there were a lot of very talented people behind the work that Mike Patton has done, musician’s with skill beyond beyond. So when comparing Bungle’s work to Mike you can’t do that without mentioning bassist Trevor Dunn, guitarist Trey Spruance and drummer Danny Heifetz, now that I got that out of the way…let’s move on.
Derek Cianfrance also had this to say about how Mike and him came together on this collaboration.
DC: I was at [talent agency] WME and an agent stopped me in the hallway and said, “Hey, I want you to check out this new guy we’ve got doing soundtracks, he’s really exciting.” And I said, “What’s his name?” And he says, “Mike Patton.” I stopped the guy in his tracks and said, “Don’t tell me another word.”
Two weeks later, Mike and I met up in New York and we talked about maybe collaborating someday. He had read the Pines script, but I had another composer attached to it at the time. Then I shot the movie, and it wasn’t meant to be with the other composer. So I called up Mike.
MP: Which really surprised me. I was like, “I gotta get my shit together.”
I’ve listened to The Snow Angel Instrumental from “A Place…” OST and it’s exciting and a perfect fit for Derek’s, often times, strange N. Eastern romantic weirdness. I’ve embedded the track below along with sounds from Mike’s “The Solitude of Number’s” OST. Enjoy!
Read the whole Pitchfork interview HERE.
Although I doubt he checks this shit much, but for what it’s worth, here’s Mike Patton’s Facebook page