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Jordan Peele’s Film Composer Is Terrified of Scary Movies

“I write frightening music because I’m genuinely frightened of what’s going on on the screen.”

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Episode Notes

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to composer Michael Abels about what it’s like to write music for suspenseful movies like Get Out, Us, and the recent HBO movie Bad Education, starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney. In the interview, Michael digs into the collaborative nature of film scoring and offers tips on how to capture your creativity.

After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the music they listen to when they’re doing creative work.

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