Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Interview: Conrad Pope

We are thrilled to share our conversation with composer/orchestrator/conductor Conrad Pope. Known throughout Hollywood for his deep musical knowledge and artistry, Conrad is an outstanding composer for cinema and one of the most in-demand orchestrators and conductors in the business. He has participated in well over a hundred films, working for composers John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, John Powell and Hans Zimmer.

A small sampling of the truly classic cinema Pope has contributed to: the Star Wars series, the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit series, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix films, Argo, The Rocketeer, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Polar Express, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Life of Pi, Sleepy Hollow, The Tree of Life, The Adventures of Tintin and most recently, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

His acclaimed work as a composer includes My Week With Marilyn, The Wolfman, Ghost Ship and the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, to name but a few scores. In addition to his very busy schedule composing, orchestrating and conducting (in studio and on stage), Conrad will be once again teaching courses this summer for the Hollywood Music Workshop outside of Vienna, in Baden Austria. We are extremely pleased to invite Conrad to the show. What transpires in today's episode is a Film Music conversation that is riveting, hilarious and deeply moving. Enjoy!


Pavillion of Women - Conrad Pope - Universal Focus (Yim Ho, dir.)
  -Together Forever
Empire of the Sun - John Williams - Amblin Entertainment (Steven Spielberg, dir.)
  -The Plane
Project: Metalbeast - Conrad Pope - Prism Pictures (Alessandro De Gaetano, dir.)
  -Deadly Chase
Ghost Ship - Conrad Pope - Sandtrap Productions (James T. Flocker, dir.)
  -All's Well
The Boss Baby - additional music by Conrad Pope - Dream Works Animation (Tom McGrath, dir.)
Tim's Vermeer - Conrad Pope - Sony Pictures Classics (Teller, dir.)
  -Tim's Theme
My Week With Marilyn - Conrad Pope - The Weinstein Company (Simon Curtis, dir.)
  -Marilyn on the Town
Pavillion of Women - Conrad Pope - Universal Focus (Yim Ho, dir.)
  -The Embrace

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  1. This is so great. Any chance to learn from a modern master is appreciated. You guys have done a really nice job here. Thanks for your hard work in presenting this.

  2. No matter your vocation in life this is a must listen recording. Conrad's experience and insights translate across professional separations by discipline. While an orchestrator by vocation (and a composer), Conrad articulates messages for all to hear and translate into their paths. This is a great opportunity to hear stories from a seasoned veteran industrial music maker. Rare opportunity, indeed.