Con­duc­tor Buc has film score’s Back

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

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 com­mem­o­rated the date 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 Fu­ture con­cert.

He will lead or­ches­tras in Mel­bourne and Ja­pan too.

“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.

“The orig­i­nal film had very lit­tle mu­sic in the first half, so he’s gone back and rescored scenes that orig­i­nally had no mu­sic,” he said.

“It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see if the die-hard fans no­tice. 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.”

Buc will fin­ish his stud­ies in De­cem­ber and said he loved New York’s en­ergy.

“I’ve met some won­der­ful mu­si­cal minds, great peo­ple in the film mu­sic busi­ness and seen some fab­u­lous pro­duc­tions,” he said.

“I opened the door for Naomi Watts at a restau­rant the other week and didn’t even re­alise it un­til my wife pointed out who it was.”

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