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Dustin O'Halloran - Musicians On Music : A Winged Victory for the Sullen (#109)

Episode Summary

American post-classical pianist and composer Dustin O'Halloran released his first two albums, Piano Solos and Piano Solos 2, on Bella Union in 2004 and 2006, respectively. During the latter year he was given the opportunity to score filmmaker Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. In 2009, he composed the score for director William Olsen's An American Affair, which was released on the Filter imprint. In 2010, he scored director Drake Doremus' feature Like Crazy (which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011). Lumiere, his debut album for Fat Cat's orchestral 130701 imprint, was issued in February 2011 to stellar reviews. It featured O'Halloran's piano in a slightly more populated sonic field that included other musicians like the ACME Quartet, Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie, and fellow composer Peter Broderick. This was followed by a live solo piano recording, Vorleben, on the same label in June of that year. Three months later, he and fellow classical/film composer Adam Wiltzie made their debut as A Winged Victory for the Sullen with an eponymous LP of ambient neo-classical music for the Kranky label. They released a follow-up, Atomos, in 2014. In the meantime, demand for O'Halloran's film scores increased, and Milan released his soundtrack for the 2013 drama Breathe In. In 2014, he landed a regular gig on the Golden Globe-winning web series Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor. He won an Emmy for its theme music in 2015. Among other film and television work in the months that followed, O'Halloran collaborated with experimental musician Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) on the 2016 drama Lion. Both the film and the score were nominated for Academy Awards. 2018 saw O'Halloran score Save Me, a six-part British television drama serial, the American drama film Puzzle, and the crime drama The Hate U Give. 2019 saw the arrival of the Sundoor EP, which featured a single 20-minute piece that was adapted from a site-specific composition for American artist Slater Bradley's Sundoor at World’s End installation in Venice, Italy in 2017. ~ Thom Jurek & Marcy Donelson, Rovi

Episode Notes

Dustin O’Halloran is a composer based in Berlin and Los Angeles.

He founded indie rock band Devics with singer Sara Lov, who he met while studying art at Santa Monica College.

In 2004, he released his first record as a solo artist, Piano Solos. He has since released three more solo records, the latest of which is Lumiere (2011), which featured contributions by Peter Broderick and Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), and was mixed by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson.

With A Winged Victory for the Sullen, his project with Adam Wiltzie, Dustin O’Halloran has released two albums, A Winged Victory for the Sullen (2011) and Atomos (2014).

He has gone on to score a number of films and TV shows, including Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy (2011) and Jill Soloway’s Transparent (2014–). He was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for his original Transparent theme.

Dustin O’Halloran collaborated with Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) to score Lion (2017), and they won an AACTA Award for their score and were nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA.

The two collaborated again to score The Current War (2017), and soon after Dustin O’Halloran collaborated with Bryan Senti to score the TV show Save Me (2018–). His most recent score was for Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.




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