Angelo Badalamenti, ‘Twin Peaks’ Composer – Music Biz 101 & More: The Podcast

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Music Biz 101 & More is the only FREE advice talk show in America broadcast & podcast on college radio that focuses on the business side of the music & entertainment worlds.  Hosted by William Paterson University’s Dr. Stephen Marcone & Professor David Philp, the show airs each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.

Angelo Badalamenti, ‘Twin Peaks’ Composer – Music Biz 101 & More: The Podcast

In this episode of the Music Biz 101 & More radio show, Angelo Badalamenti, ‘Twin Peaks’ composer, discusses the process of composing for film, how he broke into the soundtracks business, and much, much more. 

Browse through our recap below and listen at the bottom of the page.  

But first…

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We make introductions in the beginning, including show producer, Phillip Gorokhovsky, and co-host William Paterson University’s Professor of Music who teaches music composition and theory, Dr. David Weisberg.  At 4:54, we begin the official introduction of Angelo Badalamenti.

At 5:45, we hear the music for “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from the television show Twin Peaks.  The music was composed by our guest, Angelo Badalamenti.  Angelo then describes at 7:30 how he met David Lynch, the director for the show, and how they worked together putting together this particular piece.  It’s a really animated description.  Really listen to this.  Here’s a sampling of it:

At 15 minutes in, Angelo gives some great advice you need to know. This leads to a story about how Angelo developed his relationship with the director, David Lynch.  He speaks specifically about the song “Blue Velvet.”  You can hear it below. https://youtu.be/dQKNqCdhnY4 By now, you’ll understand that Angelo Badalamenti is a great storyteller.  Are you listening? ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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_________________________________________________________________________________________________   Around 28 minutes in, Angelo talks about the non-soundtrack music and writing that he has done.  In particular, he talks about a song on which he collaborated with David Bowie by Gershwin, “A Foggy Day In London Town.”  Here it is: https://youtu.be/dunP8rsep6o At 33:55, we take a quick break to reinforce what you’re listening too.  Speaking of which… ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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34:58: Listen to Tim Gysin’s jingle for this awesome Music Biz 101 & More radio show/podcast.  Thank you, Tim. You are loved.   We’re now at 35:45.  You hear “Blue Velvet” again for a moment.  Then we take our first tweet of the show. Listen to the answer, because Angelo Badalamenti talks about his relationship with ASCAP and gets into how residuals from his film work are structured.

Angelo talks about how he gets paid domestically vs. internationally and how he gets paid via cable TV airings of films he’s scored for vs. the film playing in the theaters.  A great line:

You’ll make money while you’re sleeping.

– Angelo Badalamenti

Co-host David Weisberg asks what kind of advice Angelo gives to up-and-coming composers, especially those just starting out, at 42 minutes in.

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From L to R: Angelo Badalamenti, Dr. Stephen Marcone, Dr. David Weisberg

From there, Angelo talks about his greatest influences at 53 minutes in.  

At 55 minutes, Dr. David Weisberg asks about Angelo’s philosophy of attaching certain themes to certain characters during his compositional process.  

Big thanks to our friend, Aaron Van Duyne, who set up the interview and drove Angelo (and his wonderful wife) to WPSC: Brave New Radio.

Your Ally Mac Project streams us out at 58 minutes and we await the next great podcast.

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    Laura Palmer, from ‘Twin Peaks,’ sits on the screen near Producer Phillip Gorokhovsky.

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