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Radiohead's Greenwood Exclusive

Guitarist on film scores and the band's future plans

  • 04/03/2011
  • Adrian Larkin & Matt Everitt
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While not quite eclipsing recent Radiohead news, the band's Jonny Greenwood has been speaking exclusively to 6 Music News about his recent role composing the film score for We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Based on a novel by Lionel Shriver and directed by Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher) it follows the story of a mother, played by Tilda Swinton, and her troubled son, who goes on a murderous rampage at his school.

"It's an amazing film she has made, a serious subject matter, but a good chance to play with new instruments," he said.

"We used this harpist called Jean Kelly, who plays harp strung with metal strings, so it sounds like nothing you have heard, wonderful."

With the film still in post production, one doesn’t have to search too far to establish his accomplishments as a film composer. His work on Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood won him an Ivor Novello award and a nomination at the Grammy's in 2008 in the category of Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture.

He has also recently scored a Japanese adaption of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood, which will be released on 11 March.

The attraction to Norwegian Wood, stemmed from his love of the book: "There's lots of stuff in the book about music lessons and learning to play Bach on guitar, this isn't in the film but it helped me write lots of the guitar music."

Future Radiohead

Speaking for the first time publically since the sudden release of The King of Limbs, Jonny told 6 Music that the band as a collective were being non committal about their future:  "We are recording with Radiohead and rehearsing, playing and making music and working out what to do.

We have stopped planning ahead very far, just making music and wondering where to go next and what to do," he said.

You can listen to the full interview with Matt Everitt below:

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