• piotrnowotnik1

The Music & Film Project (or when Ringo was a caveman)

Updated: Mar 5, 2020

I’m excited to be part of People’s Hollywood and with Trayce, establishing the Music & Film Project.

Part of my contribution will be leading a blog discussion on the importance of Music to Film; the history of; and to inspire local musicians/composers to imagine that part of their future could be in Film, a medium I have loved working in.

Polish is my first language. My wife Rachel and I have lived in Australia since 2002. I had a non-traditional path to becoming a professional musician and teacher. For a long time I was (and often still am) a computer nerd! I know the struggles of working to survive vs. working to create. I am often amazed that I am surviving doing these things I love. (Check out my Profile)

My English writing tends towards the more formal and academic because it developed in response to being a grad student, and then a college teacher myself, at English-speaking universities.

Trayce is a wonderful collaborator and editor. She’s helping me to learn how to add a more personal vibe when talking about music. And I am excited to be using my English for the first time in a more personal, storytelling manner.

And I do love Storytelling! I’m a fan of Sci-Fi – from classic works such as Kubrick’s ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’ to contemporary TV series such as Expanse and Battlestar Galactica. Appreciating film music was how I found my ‘cool’ as a teen.

As a child I remember sitting mesmerized in a pew in a Roman-Catholic church with tall stain glass windows as my grandfather, Jozef Samelczak, played his own organ compositions and variations on Bach’s preludes.

My first musical love understandably was classical instrumental music! But it was only when I started noticing classical music in the soundtracks of action films beloved by my peers that I could show them how classical was cool – if you used it to help further the Story of a Film.

I realize now that using Music as a Storytelling tool started back with Prehistoric man. It was in fact a ‘utility’ to keep humans together, to make repetitive tasks more bearable, to recognize each other, and to hush crying babies.

My next post will be ‘How The Bow And Arrow Struck A Chord’!

In the meanwhile, check out this clip about the invention of Music from the comedy film Caveman (1981), starring Beatle Ringo Starr as the very manly leader!

- Peter (Piotr)

with Trayce

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