Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

AUS­TRALIAN com­poser Ni­cholas Buc was in New York study­ing his Masters in Film­scor­ing at NYU when fans cel­e­brated Back to the Fu­ture Day on Oc­to­ber 21.

He cel­e­brated by walk­ing around the city with a bright pink hover­board stick­ing out of his back­pack just to see if any­body would no­tice; a few peo­ple got a laugh.

The 33-year-old also had the op­por­tu­nity to meet some of the film’s cast and crew in­clud­ing Christo­pher Lloyd (Doc Brown), James Tolkan (Mr Strick­land) and com­poser Alan Sil­vestri, who proved an in­valu­able source of in­for­ma­tion as Buc pre­pares to con­duct WASO’s Back to the Fu- ture con­cert at River­side Theatre on Novem­ber 13 and 14.

“One of the most fas­ci­nat­ing things I learned was that Back to the Fu­ture was his (Sil­vestri’s) first ma­jor or­ches­tral score,” Buc said.

“He’d never re­ally writ­ten for a sym­phony orches­tra be­fore and was in­cred­i­bly daunted about the huge task in front of him.

“It was a trial by fire and he was a com­plete ner­vous wreck dur­ing the scor­ing process… but he knocked it out of the park.”

Buc said Sil­vestri had com­posed 20 min­utes of new mu­sic for the 30th an­niver­sary con­cert, where the mu­si­cal score will be per­formed dur­ing a screen­ing of the film, in­clud­ing di­a­logue and sound ef­fects.

“Hav­ing the score per­formed live brings an­other di­men­sion to th­ese films and cre­ates a real buzz for the au­di­ence.

“Hear­ing them cheer for Marty McFly and laugh out loud at the an­tics of Doc Brown makes it more fun for us on stage too, so in­ter­ac­tion is en­cour­aged.”

Tanya MacNaughton

Con­duc­tor Ni­cholas Buc trav­els Back to the Fu­ture in the DeLorean.

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