Posted May. 10, 2006 02:59,
Updated January. 01, 1970 09:00
#1 Oh, I really dont know the identity
Such were the words from Lee Byung-woo (41), the guy who likes music, who was interviewed at a studio at Yeoksam-dong, Seoul, at 11:00 p.m. on May 9.
From the beginning to the end of the interview, his response was, I dont know. He never revealed the details of his Lee Byung-woo Cinema Music Concert to be held in the main auditorium of Sejong Center, nor the secret of his King and the Clown original soundtrack. The only clear fact was his schedule, which was booked full until the end of the year.
The soundtrack for the movie For Horowitz is due out soon. I am currently putting the finishing touches on music for the movie Monster, and later this year I will start work on director Choi Yang-ils Double Casting (tentative name) and a few other movies. Gosh, now I can say myself that I am a movie soundtrack producer.
Having debuted as a guitarist of the group One Day in 1984, he now holds a cinema music concert with a 15-person orchestra and a huge multi screen, creating a self-fulfilling role of a music director. King and the Clown, Scandal, My Beautiful Girl, Mari, The Most Beautiful Week of My Life, and his recent Monster will be featured in his 2-hour Listen and Watch concert, in which 10 cinema music pieces of his production will be featured. It is a new challenge for him.
I am a guitarist, but I now seem to be in my prime as a movie soundtrack producer. I dream of being like the Italian movie songwriter Ennio Morricone, my role model. I may achieve the dream if I try hard every moment.
#2 Soundtracks are like baseball
Valedictorian of the classic guitar department at the Vienna National School of Music in Austria, a scholarship to Peabody Institute in the United States, five solo albums but contrary to his extraordinary music career he was a timid movie songwriter, as shown in the way he kept his hands folded together throughout the interview.
Im chastised by my colleagues every day. Thats because I dont insist upon my music. Music produced for films are different from my private music, so I always empty my mind, and listen to what the director, the actors, and other people have to say. King and the Clown was also produced in the same way.
When asked what is his favorite soundtrack, he answered again, I dont know. He barely responded, Music is like baseball; its hard to give assessments until the season ends.
There is difficult cinema music. Comedy, for one thing. When I composed the soundtrack for The Piano-playing President, I made my music as comical as possible, but the producer was not amused. It was beyond my abilities, so I gave up.
Instead of his other half, or his guitar, nowadays he sits in front of the computer and produces music with the click of a mouse.
My album One Day produced back in the 1980s has finally received acclaim. My music must be accepted only after 10 years. That is why I am more excited about the future than the present.
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