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Born: 1932-02-24
Profession: Composer
Nation: French
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Here is how I work: when I think that a film needs to have a principal theme, I search for a melody.

Tags: Film, Here, Work

I have a very strange melodic gift: melodies come to me effortlessly.

Tags: Gift, Melodies, Strange

I would listen to something on the radio and try to tap out the melody, then the harmonies.

Tags: Listen, Radio, Try

My father had left behind an old piano. My sister was already going to school, my mother was out working, and I stayed at home alone with my adorable grandmother who understood nothing I said. It was so boring that I stayed at the piano all day long, and that saved my life.

Tags: Alone, Home, Life

So I write melodies - thirty, forty, fifty - then I cast them off until I have just two or three. If only one is needed, I go see the director and ask him to decide.

Tags: Him, Off, Write

As long as artists can make something, artists will continue to survive.

Tags: Artists, Continue, Survive

As you get older you realise that nothing lasts forever. It's not depressing, but it does make moments more intense.

Tags: Forever, Moments, Older

I don't like to read the Internet; I'm not aware of what's going on.

Tags: Aware, Internet, Read

I don't wear dresses and flowers in my hair and float around!

Tags: Flowers, Hair, Wear

I wouldn't mind doing a soundtrack someday.

Tags: Mind, Someday, Soundtrack

Obviously, it's great to know that your music is being listened to.

Tags: Great, Listened, Music

Sometimes people talk about music, whether blogs or magazines, in a strange way where it doesn't seem like they're actually listening to it.

Tags: Music, Sometimes, Strange

Yeah, it's a lot harder to find a musical partner than a love partner.

Tags: Love, Musical, Partner

But I love the hot sweat. I think overheating onstage is invigorating. It's better than being comfortable. I think being comfortable is the death of a show.

Tags: Death, Love, Show

For me, it's really day to day. I don't really plan ahead and I like to be excited about what I'm wearing. Being on the road all the time, it's various articles of clothing that keep me inspired and feeling good. A fun or beautiful thing to wear can change your day. I think spontaneity and not adhering to any narrow styles keep me happy.

Tags: Change, Good, Time

I don't think my vocals demand effects. I like reverb to a certain extent, but I don't want to hide my voice. I like stripped-down vocals, but I also like crazy, powerful, doubled vocals like in dance or electronic music.

Tags: Crazy, Music, Powerful

I like to find the beauty in the ugly. When I'm in a thrift store, I gravitate toward pieces I know I'll wear a ton, and insane pieces that I'm sure most people would consider gross. But I find them inspiring. Our van is currently stocked with some of my random findings from this tour. Maybe I'll call my aesthetic 'van fashion.'

Tags: Beauty, Fashion, Ugly

I personally do not listen to a lot of music. It helps keep my mind free. I don't want to sound like someone else from the get-go. I want to express myself and the world in my head.

Tags: Mind, Music, Someone

I think the voice is an underrated instrument these days and it's easy to make up for lack of ability with effects. I think sometimes people are more wowed with effects than core craftsmanship. Strong voices are not as common as they used to be.

Tags: Easy, Sometimes, Strong

It's always about trying to make everything go with the music, like a script. It's not like, 'Let's have a confetti gun!' If I ever have one of those, it will be because it's absolutely the right thing at the moment in the song. I can't just go get a confetti gun.

Tags: Moment, Music, Trying

My hair is a wild, untamable beast! I like letting it grow; my bangs grow whatever way they want and I kind of follow their rule. So side bangs, poof bangs - it's kind of unpredictable.

Tags: Grow, Hair, Whatever

We feel more and more intensely about the music we make. It's unexpected, and not always what you would think of in Beach House. It's all art in the end. We aren't making records because we have to; it's because it's what we want to express.

Tags: Art, End, Music

With us, people caught on to something on our third album, and that will never be repeated. Basically, I don't really have any complaints about the way that Beach House has grown. I feel like we're still in control of what we're doing, and it's a great time in our existence.

Tags: Control, Great, Time