'The Simpsons' Fires Composer Alf Clausen

'The Simpsons' Fires Composer Alf Clausen
The sounds of Springfield will apparently be switching up, as producers of The Simpsons have fired longtime composer Alf Clausen ahead of the show's 29th season.

Speaking to Variety, Clausen said producer Richard Sakai called him to inform him that the show was seeking "a different kind of music." As a result, he was let go from the show.

Clausen was no noob to soundtracking The Simpsons. He signed on for the show in 1990, providing music for 27 years. He won two Emmys for his work on the show, and was nominated 30 times. As a result, he's believed to be the most-nominated musician in history.

Variety suggests that Clausen's firing is a cost-cutting measure. He's always used a 35-piece orchestra to score the episodes, which costs Fox millions of dollars per season.