Two years ago a friend and colleague asked me to write a soundtrack for his upcoming movie, which he produced just with the little help of a few friends. Meanwhile he has really finished a lot of scenes and is presenting them on youtube. The preview promises the rebirth of a genre called “giallo”, which was made famous by Dario Argento and other mostly italian directors. A “giallo” contains a serial-killer, young women as nude victims and of course gallons of blood, which are spilled over everything. The simple action is made worthy and enjoyable by an artistic use of camera-movement, interesting and creative light and changes between very slow and very fast action. The high contrast between the meditative camera-drives during normal scenes and the exploding action during the slaughter-scenes gives the “giallo” his special flow. While I admired a scene of this new giallo it came to my mind, that modern movies have lost that sense for slowness and also the sense for light or use it in a more subtle way. Especially the slowness is gone, because our modern times are fast and the directors can not expect so much patience. I have really enjoyed the work of Oliver and I wish him and me good luck to bring the old “giallo” back to life.
I guess, that I will start to work on the soundtrack soon and I am thinking on combining electric and acoustic instruments. Of course I will inform here about any further developments.