New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Clint Mansell

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Clint Mansell What's In My Bag?

Clint Mansell had a sincere message to give in our new What's In My Bag? episode. The composer and musician, who is originally from England but now resides in the U.S., selected a stack of films by foreign directors who came to America and left a lasting impression on our culture, including The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin. "We've got to remember that we're all here, in it together, and we gotta share, and good stuff comes when we're kind to one another. And also, magic gets made."

Clint Mansell is an English musician, composer, and former frontman of industrial/alternative rock group Pop Will Eat Itself. After the dissolution of the group, Mansell moved to the United States. He Loving Vincent OST - Clint Manselltransitioned into film scoring when Darren Aronofsky hired him to write a soundtrack for his 1998 debut Pi. The partnership was fruitful and Aronofsky brought Mansell on again for the score of his 2000 cult flick Requiem for a Dream. Since then the pair have partnered on each of the director's subsequent films, including The Wrestler and Black Swan. Mansell received a Grammy nomination for his contributions to the latter film.

Mansell has written scores for Duncan Jones' film Moon, Park Chan-wook's Stoker, Ben Wheatley's High-Rise, and Rupert Sanders' Ghost in the Shell live action remake. He contributed to the soundtrack for the Emmy-winning "San Junipero" episode of Black Mirror. He has also remixed tracks for Nine Inch Nails and can be heard on backing vocals on the band's classic album, The Fragile. His most recent credits include the oil paint-animated film Loving Vincent (2017) and Duncan Jones' Mute (2018).

Mansell took the opportunity to pick up two records by his pals Mogwai: their latest release Every Country's Sun and their soundtrack to Atomic. "They're smart, they care, and they don't pander," he said of the Scottish post-rock group. Mansell also grabbed Elmer Bernstein's soundtrack to the controversial Frank Sinatra film The Man with the Golden Arm, which dealt with the then-touchy subject of drug addiction. "This is a really great record," he commented, "and would look very cool in your collection when anybody drops by."  Being a fan of the British comic series 2000 AD, Mansell was excited to see the documentary Future Shock!, which tells the history of the cult sci-fi series that launched the careers of many of today's greatest comic writers and artists. "It was a big deal in my formative years," Mansell told us.

But which Native American guitarist makes Clint Mansell wonder if "driving, instrumental guitar rock is the true American art form?" You'll have to watch the video to find out.

Clint Mansell - What's In My Bag?
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