The Music of Moonlight with Composer Nicholas Britell

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection music profile writer Jon Burlingame chats with Oscar nominated composer Nicholas Britell about his work on Director Barry Jenkins film Moonlight. Nicholas describes how the intimacy of the story influenced his writing process and how he introduced the technique of remixing the score using chopped and screwed techniques. Nicholas also describes how he changed Little's Theme using this technique and how this influenced the tone for various scenes.

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This drama charts the life of a black gay youth named Chiron as he grows up in a rough neighborhood in Miami. In the first segment, Chiron is a ten-year-old nicknamed "Little" (Alex Hibbert) who is taken in by a kindhearted Cuban drug dealer (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend (Janelle MonĂ¡e). In the middle installment, a teenage Chiron (Ashton Sanders) explores his sexuality as he falls in love with a close friend. The final chapter follows Chiron in his twenties (Trevante Rhodes) as he reconnects with faces from his past. Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight was adapted from a short play called In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Sound Credits

Nicholas Britell Musician: Piano And Orchestrator And Score Produced By
John Finklea Music Consultant
Tony Finno Music Preparation
Marguerite Phillips Music Supervisor (As Maggie Phillips)
Christine Greene Roe Music Coordinator (As Christine Greene)
Thomas Vicari Music Scoring Mixer
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter Music Clearance Coordinator
Joshua Adeniji Supervising Sound Editor
Julio Alvarez Boom Operator
Onnalee Blank Re Recording Mixer
Christopher Bonis Sound Effects Editor
Ryan Briley Adr And Dialogue Editor
Micaela Cain Foley Mixer
Federico Costantini Dubbing Mixer (Italian Version)
Chris David Re Recording Mixer
Robert Dehn Sound Studio Manager
Benjamin Gieschen Foley Editor
Chris Giles Sound Mixer
Frederick Howard Sound Effects Editor
James Parnell Assistant Sound Editor