The May 17 New Yorker feature about Michael Giacchino’s workflow in developing 35+ minutes of orchestral music for each week’s episode of LOST is pretty great but is only available in the print edition. (“PRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINT!!!!!!!”)
While the profile glosses over the transition from composition to score sheets (seemingly pulled off overnight), the portrait of Giacchino that emerges as craftsman and film score nerd is winning. He generously highlights the contributions of individual musicians he chooses to work with, e.g. LOST’s 77-year-old lead percussionist Emil Richards:
“This is the guy who played the bongos on Lalo Schifrin’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ theme,” Giacchino told me. “He came up with all that wild stuff on ‘Planet of the Apes.’ He’s a genius.”
For those who can’t drag their asses away from internets long enough to pick up a copy at their local big-box bookstore, there’s a video feature that captions several of Giacchino’s trademark LOST sounds (including Richards’ “Super Ball Gong”), and a podcast discussion with writer Alex Ross about Giacchino and the history of film scoring.