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Great Interview with Ry Cooder


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Posting a pretty cool interview with Ry Cooder and the work he did in American cinema in the early 80s to mid 90s. Some really interesting insights into how things where done and some great conceptual advice that probably still holds true to this day.

"We used to do funny things. [sic] some of these instruments were invented, procedures are invented on the spot, and just experimented with. The more you did that, the better he liked it because he said, ‘Well, you know, you’re going towards something that’s unique and it’s going to be great, it’s not something anybody else has got.’"

He is referencing work done on Southern Comfort in particular.

I personally think it got much more interesting later on in the collaboration with Walter Hill's cinematic work and the soundtrack Cooder did with the late Jon Hassell.

"That’s the Jon Hassell speciality. Jon Hassell’s Mr Desolation. There’s nobody as desolate and solitary as the sound of what he does on trumpet, there’s just nobody like that. So that was very interesting to get him in there, totally visual, totally spatial"

Full interview below.



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Great share.
Guys like Ry Cooder and Sonny Landrum were way under rated.
Only tolerated the movie Southern Comfort because of the great guitar works.

Actually fished Bass in Louisiana every year as a kid in the 80’s and the locals didn’t care much for the portrayal Hollywood used, but everyone loves Ry Cooder and never miss the yearly Heritage Music Festival.

Thanks Again.
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