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Guest Playlist: Michael Price

Guest Playlist: Michael Price

by Eden Keane, 23 November 2012

Award-winning producer and composer, Michael Price shares a playlist with The 405.


I'm surrounded by film music for so much of the time, maybe that's why the things that touch me are often small-scale and intimate. It's also about all of us making the soundtrack to our own lives. Right now I'm writing this next to the glorious sound of a warming, spluttering log fire. Can I make that track number 11?

Efterklang - 'Dreams Today': I just find something about the combination of found sound and piano in this incredibly moving. Genius.

Alina Ibragimova - 'Bach Partitas and Sonatas': Have you heard her play? It's so fresh and intelligent, like the first time these pieces have ever been performed.

Bon Iver - 'Perth': Something about that first double-tracked guitar lick makes me feel like I'm going home.

Alberto Iglesias - 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy': I'm not usually a fan of listening to soundtracks away from the films they were written for, but this was one of my favourite scores of last year, and it's wonderful to be able to hear the detail and great performances.

Broken Boat - 'Peace and Quiet': There's something so fragile and heart-breaking about this. Old souls in young bodies!

Ghosts Wear Clothes- 'Stay Indoors and Watch the Buildings Burn': I love the idea of this Nottingham band's track being taken up by people involved in the Egyptian revolution. Amazing world we live in.

Polly Paulusma - 'Ocean': I did some strings for Polly's wonderful new album at the same time as the string quartets. Fortunately I'm not cluttering up this beautifully simple piano and vocal track. Love the intelligence of her lyrics.

Richard Strauss sung by Jessye Norman - '4 Last Songs': The one big orchestral piece here, but it's incredibly rich and moving. I studied this at school, and I've a funny feeling I'll still be listening to it when I'm an old man too. It speaks of a lifetime's love of music.

Steve Reich - 'Electric Counterpoint' performed by Pat Metheny: I've loved this work for more than 20 years. The chord change at 2:17 in the last movement, makes me smile every time.

The Staves - 'Winter Trees': They used to play lots in the lovely Chapel in Berkhamsted where I've got a writing room. Andrew McCrorie-Shand who owns it, is probably the kindest, most generous musician I've ever met.

I'm surrounded by film music for so much of the time, maybe that's why the things that touch me are often small-scale and intimate. It's also about all of us making the soundtrack to our own lives. Right now I'm writing this next to the glorious sound of a warming, spluttering log fire. Can I make that track number 11?


Michael Price releases A Stillness through Erased Tapes on December 17th. For more information, head here.

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