Mica Levi's musical influences for Under the Skin

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 15:11

Oscar-nominated composer and musician Mica Levi shares the musical influences behind her score to Under the Skin, from Iannis Xenakis to 50 Cent.

Although I didn't refer to these things at the time of writing the music, I realise on reflection the influences in the music were likely from these sources.
Mica Levi

For the seduction methods of the protagonist

'Old strip club music, music styles associated with sex. For a while in the 2000’s producers such as Dre sampled Bollywood music from films, sampling happens from movies loads anyway in Hip Hop, like Wu-Tang Clan’s Kung Fu movie samples.' Watch here

50 Cent - Outta Control ft. Mobb Deep

Distortion influences

'DJ Screw was the pioneer of screwed music – and in my opinion the most hardcore avant-garde early hip hop artist – distorting time, cosmic too. '

DJ Screw - 5:00 AM (Disk 1 & 2)

Alien elements

'The alien elements of the score were influenced by Iannis Xenakis’ Tetras – I’d never heard anything like this before when I first heard it. '

Iannis Xenakis - Tetras

For 'Love'

'The song ‘love’ from the score is the protagonist's first experience of having feelings for a human. It was influenced by rushes of emotion and euphoric club music.'  Listen on Spotify

Dave Pearce - Absolute Euphoria CD2

The 'cosmos'

'The ‘cosmos’ music was all about innovative use of percussion, lots of cymbal rolls – think Art Ensemble of Chicago’s style.'

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Illustrum

Hear Mica Levi's score for Under the Skin (2014) performed live by the London Sinfonietta, on Tuesday 4 April.

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