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12
Jul

Transatlantyk Film Music Competition

Pleased to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the Transatlantyk Film Music Competition in Łódź, Poland. As part of the festival and competition, my original scores from two films will be screened for an audience and an international panel of celebrated composers (past years have included festival founder and Academy-award winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, John Debney, Christopher Young, John Ottman, Marco Beltrami, Mark Isham, amongst others). The festival’s special guest this year will be actor Edward Norton.

03
Nov

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Original Score

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Honored to be nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score by Cinema Eye Honors for my score to In Pursuit of Silence. Catch the full list of nominations at Variety and Hollywood Reporter.

01
Sep

Silence is a Sound

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Silence is a Sound – a double album featuring:

IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE (original motion picture soundtrack) composed by Alex Lu
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10 recordings of silent spaces captured from around the world during the making of IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE
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28-page e-booklet / production diary including photos and essays related to each recording.

PREVIEW THE ALBUM

For a limited time download your copy for $10.

11
May

BEST SCORE

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In Pursuit of Silence is awarded Best Score at the 2016 Scruffy City Film and Music Festival in Knoxville. The film also takes home Best Sound Design by Steve Bissinger (House of Cards, Transformers, Cloverfield). The soundtrack is now available for pre-order: a double album featuring the original score plus 10 recordings of silent spaces captured around the world during the making of the film.

22
Mar

Huffington Post Review

A glowing review from the Huffington Post of In Pursuit of Silence, with a nod to the composer:

“…even a film about silence has a soundtrack, which if handled poorly could really seem jarring or intrusive. Thankfully, composer Alex Lu’s gentle and understated music provides a graceful counterpoint to the ambient sounds throughout.”

Read the full review here.

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Rehearsing a selection from the score for the premiere at SXSW 2016. Featuring musicians: Will Taylor, Charith Premawardhana, Jason Elinoff, Liz Lee, and Alex Lu.

08
Mar

In Pursuit of Silence @ SXSW

Featuring a special live performance from the score, followed by John Cage’s 4’33”. March 12, 5pm.

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12
Nov

In Pursuit of Silence – Premiere at CPH:DOX

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In Pursuit of Silence – a new documentary by Patrick Shen about our relationship with silence, sound, and the impact of noise – premieres at CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival). As an ode to the American maverick-composer, John Cage, who is a prominent figure in the film, the score heavily features my take on the prepared piano. Unique sounds were meticulously crafted by placing objects between and over the piano strings: rubber earplugs, chopsticks, foam brushes, metal wires, sponges, felt, screws, pvc pipes, ebows, guitar slides, wooden dowels, various whachamacallits, and my favorite sound from the project: an electric toothbrush vibrating against the strings! The film is bound to make its journey around the world this coming year, so be on the lookout. An album of the score is also in the works. Stay tuned!

23
Oct

Composer to Watch

Alex was recently named by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) as a 2014 “Composer to Watch.” See the full list here.

 

13
Aug

ASCAP FILM SCORING WORKSHOP 2014

IMG_7761Each summer, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) selects 12 composers from over 300 international applicants to participate in a month-long film scoring workshop with Emmy Award winning composer and mentor Richard Bellis. The alumni roster of this workshop include some of the most successful composers working in film and TV today, so I was honored and extremely fortunate to be a part of its 26th year. Over the course of the month, the composers discussed the craft and business of writing music for film, TV, and video games with some of the industry’s leading figures including John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon, The Bourne Trilogy, Shrek), Dave Porter (Breaking Bad), Sean Callery (24, Homeland, Elementary), James  S. Levine (Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck), and Garry Schyman (Bioshock Franchise, Dante’s Inferno), to list just a few! Each composer was assigned to score a scene from a popular film, culminating to a recording session at the historic 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage with the Hollywood Studio Symphony. I was assigned this beautiful scene from “How To Train Your Dragon.” It was truly a career highlight. Thanks, ASCAP!

15
Apr

Seadrift – Teaser

In 1979, the fatal shooting of a white crabber in the small Texas fishing village of Seadrift ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against the Vietnamese along the Gulf Coast.  Most of these Vietnamese fishermen and their families had just fled their home country after a decades-long war, only to be confronted by angry fishermen and the KKK as they searched for a new home in a strange land.

Seadrift is a feature documentary by Tim Tsai, currently in production, that tells this incredible story of survival, perseverance, and ultimate triumph over dire circumstances. I am excited to be scoring this project. Check out the first teaser, featuring music by me.