ALICE NICHOLAS WOOD, COMPOSER
Alice Nicholas Wood’s music blends a background in classical music composition with a love of rock, pop and electronic music. She trained classically in music composition and film scoring at University of Southern California’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, and since then has scored numerous feature films, documentaries, short films and commercials. Today, she draws inspiration from large orchestral groups, as well as small eclectic ensembles, guitars, and really anything that makes sound. She gets excited about combining elements inspired by these varied experiences, whether orchestral instruments, recorded sounds or rock n' roll, to form eclectic and unique musical creations.
While in Los Angeles, Alice gets her hands dirty working in almost every area of music production in film, from selecting temp score, to running scoring sessions, to polishing synth tracks, to acting as a liaison between the director and composer. She has also written for and played in bands around the Los Angeles area. This background has served as a unique sort of boot camp in preparation for her own original scores.
At the heart of her philosophy of putting music to media, whether documentary, feature film or short form, is the respect for the power that music has over an audience. While that power can mean lending awesome energy to a driving action sequence, it can also fall to the dangers of overwhelming the audience with a forced emotion or heavy hand in a dramatic scene. The challenge of the composer is discretion; to know when to shout out loud or when to subtly create a feeling or tone, while also taking into account the usefulness and impact of silence. [imdb]