If you’ve watched the film “White Noise” that premiered on Netflix last weekend, you may have noticed Danny Elfman’s acclaimed score, which plays a big role in the movie — but you probably didn’t know that the score has a direct Bangor connection.
Lucas Richman, music director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, conducted Elfman’s intricate and genre-hopping score for the film, which was released on Dec. 30 on Netflix and has received generally positive reviews from critics.
Richman said the process was a thrill, and that he also relished the opportunity to conduct the specific orchestra assembled for the session, which was made up of members of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
“I’ve always loved the music of Danny Elfman because his intuitive ability to tell stories through music is brilliantly conveyed in every one of his compositions. Working directly with Danny and his team, which included lead orchestrator and fellow Oingo Boingo bandmate Steve Bartek, was a real highlight for me,” Richman said, referring to Elfman’s acclaimed 1980s band.
In a behind-the-scenes YouTube video released by Netflix, you can see Richman conducting in the studio, while Elfman and film director Noah Baumbach look on.
It’s far from the Grammy Award-winning Richman’s first time conducting the score for a major Hollywood movie. His other credits include conducting scores for “The Village” by M. Night Shyamalan; the Oscar-winning “As Good As It Gets,” “Face/Off,” “Se7en” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” among many others.
Elfman is one of the most acclaimed film composers of the past 30 years, having written memorable music for a number of Tim Burton’s films like “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” as well as Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man films and, perhaps familiar to most people, the theme to “The Simpsons.”
This was Richman’s first time collaborating with Elfman, and he described the process in a Facebook post as “a blast.”
“White Noise” was adapted by Baumbach from the 1985 National Book Award-winning novel of the same name by Don DeLillo. It stars Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig and Don Cheadle, and has been described as an “absurdist comedy-drama.”