Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
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Walker on Walker Part Seven: Do what they DON'T want!

As it's Wednesday, it's time for the next installment (the seventh this time) of film composer Shirley Walker discussing her career. This covers her late-Nineties work on such comic-inspired TV series as Batman Beyond, the HBO Spawn, and Superman: The New Animated Adventures, about which she had trouble writing a theme that the show's creator liked:
When I had talked to [creator] Bruce Timm about what vision did he have for the character. He said, "Well I don't want anything like John Williams always does, where you can go 'Superman' to the music." ...So I labored away at this thing, and I tried and tried and tried to get something...and he just wasn't happy with any of the stuff I was coming up with. Then I did what you frequently learn to do when people say they don't want something: go ahead and do exactly that! [sings Superman theme] "Superman...Superman...Da, dit, dit, DA, dit, dit, Superman!" And he just loved it.
(That reminds me of the time I got to interview composer Michael Kamen. He mentioned the only theme in Brazil not based on a song was the theme for Tuttle the heroic repairman, and that he wrote it by simply singing Tuttle's name: "Tutt-llllle, Tutt-llllllllle...Harrrrr-y Tutt-llllle! A little idiotic, but such is life.")

Walker also discusses her work on the airplane thriller Turbulence, and the exhausting rush to revise at the last minute Stephen Warbeck's score to the action film Mystery Men.
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