Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood Worked with Jon Brion - Not O'Brien - on Stone Soundtrack
Published Oct 14, 2010It's been a couple of weeks since we reported that Radiohead were contributing to the score for Edward Norton's new flick, Stone. Back then, the actor had mentioned to Variety that his pals Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood had been laying down "a lot of weird ambient stuff" to the soundtrack with collaborator John O'Brien. It was intriguing, for sure, but we now have word that the report was incorrect, kind of.
While the Radiohead members did jam on some experimental tunes, it turns out the other man in the room wasn't O'Brien, but celebrated producer/musician Jon Brion, who has worked with Spoon, Kanye West and Fiona Apple, among others.
In a new interview with the Examiner [via TwentyFourBit] Norton explains the circumstances a bit further and gives us a better idea of what we can expect to hear in the film. Obvious spoiler: it sounds rather out there.
[Greenwood and Yorke] had files and files and files of stuff, like taking instruments and literally breaking them down into wave forms and soundsâ¦and they flipped a bunch of stuff off to us, to just play with and then we worked with their engineer a bit, but then you needed themes too, so [director John Curran] went to Jon Brion, as we both really love his work, and it seemed in sync in many ways with what the Radiohead guys play with. [Brion] does a lot of atonal, arrhythmic stuff, so Jonny recorded some organs, [Brion] recorded some organs, [Curran] did some things and then two of the sound engineers came up with some textural stuff. And at the end of the day, John Curran really conducted it all, he just threw it all into a Cuisinart to create this sort of soundscape. It was fun, very experimental and very unusual.
Stone is currently screening in select cities. If you're not lucky enough to have a theatre nearby, you can check out samples of the score on the movie's website here.