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<tfo> scores Endless Idaho, James Franco’s 12 hour version of Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho

<tfo> spent the month of January and the beginning of February composing the score for Endless Idaho. Creating the score for a 12 hour film has made the task of scoring a traditional feature length film seem like something one could do in a few days.  I suppose it will only get easier from here.

Matt Everett brought his array of instruments including a guitar, bass, accordion, mandolin, violin, cello, bouzouki, and recorder.  I worked the usual electronics including a variety of synthesizers, a harmonica, qin, various shakers & percussion elements, and acted as the in-house engineer/producer.

The songs we composed for the soundtrack have a very distinct sound, combining ambient textures with folk elements.  A dreamy, contemplative Western feel.  The combination of Matt’s folky guitar playing with it’s twangy sound, courtesy of the perfectly deteriorating strings, and the string pads I programmed on the Korg Polysix, are the key ingredients to the Endless Idaho sound.

From the official Gagosian Gallery press release:

“For Endless Idaho, Franco edited outtakes, deleted scenes, alternate takes, and behind-the-scenes footage from My Own Private Idaho into a 12-hour film. Endless Idaho provides an unprecedented look into the workaday process of making a movie, from location scouting to repeated takes. Like many of the films of Andy Warhol, a major influence on Van Sant’s own auteur style, it is a provocative, often riveting blend of documentary and fiction. Interviews with actual hustlers who played secondary characters in My Own Private Idaho are intercut with shots of River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves improvising and refining their performances under the direction of Van Sant and his crew.”

<tfo> is currently working on a full-length soundtrack album for Endless Idaho with a release planned for late Spring.  Here’s a few more samples of the songs composed for Endless Idaho:

Score 2

Score 3

Score 4

Scape 2


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