If you crave a deep dive into a new and exciting solar system of starry digital soundscapes, Jeffrey Hall’s EARMOVIE II is certain to take you on an interstellar ride. The titles of its movements are only a guideline to the experience; what the music truly evokes and tells is entirely up to you.
Today, Jeffrey is our featured artist in “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of our composers and performers. Read on to learn who he believes is the best interpreter of his work…
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
If not a composer I might have become an archaeologist with a specialty in deciphering ancient Mesoamerican inscriptions.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I have already collaborated with the best interpreter of my work, Steve Beck. I might have wanted to work with Hitchcock or Kubrick, but they are dead.
What advice would you give to your younger self if given the chance?
For young composers, I could only exhort them to not be overly indebted to the most successful composers after whom they are following.
Take us on a walk through your musical library. What record gets the most plays? Are there any “deep cuts” that you particularly enjoy?
Music I like to listen to: Flemish polyphony, Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, Ravel, and early Webern.
What emotions do you hope listeners will experience after hearing your work?
I think of myself as a kind of tour guide who supplies the score for the movie that’s in the listener’s heads.
What’s the greatest performance you’ve ever seen, and what made it special?
A recorded performance of the Beethoven 8th Symphony by Eugen Jochum and the Concertgebouw.