Composers Corner: A Chat with ‘American Revolutionary’ composer Vivek Maddala

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MV5BMTM4ODEzMzIzN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTc3MDIzMg@@._V1._SY314_CR41,0,214,314_Vivek Maddala is a man of many talents. Not only has he scored over 30 different films and TV programs over the past 10 years, but he has also attain degrees in jazz performance from Berklee College of Music and engineering degrees from both the University of Washington and my alma mater Georgia Tech. He uses these experiences to create scores that combine melodic symphony writing with modern ethnic textures from around the world and his work on American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs manages to span about 100 years worth of time in detailing the life of Grace Lee Boggs. With the shifting time periods, thought provoking subject matter, and vibrant protagonist, Vivek’s score captures the essence and spirit of the film perfectly. In this interview, we talk about everything from how he created the sound for the film, what it’s like to write music for a documentary and how film and tv scoring might not be as different as we think. Dig in!