I had a meeting once when I was twenty something with a composer named Robert Mundinger and we spoke about scoring films which he did and which I wanted to try. He was animated and nice enough but at some point he smashed his fists on the piano making a large cluster and then asked me to name all the notes. Huh? He said unless you can name all the notes in this cluster you can’t score a film. I was suddenly David Carradine and there was a pebble somewhere to be snatched or was there?
Last year I scored two feature docs (Mugshot and Ghosts In The Machine) and last week I was hired to score Ken Finkleman’s latest film and I have no idea how to name every note in random clusters (though it sounds cool).