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Composer Danny Lutz talks about his work on the stage production of A Clockwork Orange

Posted by Greg / December 10, 2012

20121210-DannyLutz.jpgThis February, Montreal will be the site of a rare, French-language version of A Clockwork Orange -- the infamous novel by Anthony Burgess that solidified itself in pop culture via Stany Kubrick's 1971 film adaptation. Below I talk with Montreal composer Danny Lutz about the challenging but exciting job of writing the play's soundtrack.

How did the idea for the musical adaptation of A Clockwork Orange come into being? When did you get involved?

Well, I heard about the upcoming show through my manager, and he suggested I try to get the spot. I was pretty excited about the prospects as I think this is a unique show to be doing music for. The music can't be an afterthought, given that it's part of the story itself.

The film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange already has a very distinctive soundtrack. How did you go about creating a new one without standing in the shadow of what had already been done?

I decided to avoid thinking too hard about the Wendy Carlos soundtrack when doing the theme song. Of course it's important to understand the history and significance of that music, but I really felt that an adaptation of the story, set to current times and location should have a different perspective as a musical presentation. Also, the concept of a theme song loosened up the restraints a bit too. The only real guideline was to make sure it incorporated Beethoven's 9th, and that it was theatrical.

What kind of sound were you going for? How did you translate the book into music?

The need for a violent dramatic undertone was crucial, and I also wanted a certain amount of trashy swagger or looseness to the recording. I felt anything too manicured would miss the mark a bit. It's by no mean lofi or anything like that though. I wanted to ensure there was a modern element to it without being 'electronic music'. For the theatrical touch layered my snare drums with punch sounds and crash cymbals with shattering glass, simple little things like that made it function well. As far as the book and story itself goes, I made a song for the B-side that is a little less overtly violent and dramatic, and it isn't even obvious that it's inspired by Orange Méchanique. Lyrically, it certainly has a running theme that coincides with the story, but I wanted it to function as a song that anyone can take what they want from.

Did the translation of the work into French have any effect on your songwriting? Does A Clockwork Orange take on a different tone in French?

Yes, especially in the sense that I really tried avoiding the film as a reference. There aren't any lyrics in the theme song so language wasn't really an issue, but musically speaking the fact that it is based locally and in present time, changed my point of view for sure. The B-side is in english, but isn't really part of the actual theatrical presentation, it was more that we as a team felt it was strong as a tune and complimented the theme song well.

Did you find yourself looking more frequently to the book or the film for inspiration?

I tried to avoid the film as a reference for this adaptation as it's unique in its own right, but I'd be lying if I said the film isn't always playing a part in my experience of the story.

Kubrick was known to take substantial liberties with his tim adaptations - do you think he got anything wrong with this one? Anything you've sought to fix?

No, I don't really feel like Kubrick missed the mark on anything, but I'm not a student or expert of these things. His use of music was completely brilliant in A Clockwork Orange. I'm still developing music for the show, and will certainly look to his approach, but, I will do things the way I see them making sense in this situation. Of course, while meeting the expectations and needs of the artistic direction.

The stage adaptation of Orange Mechanique opens at Olympia in February. Go here for tickets.

Listen to Danny Lutz's songs from the play's soundtrack.

photograph of Danny Lutz by Linus Ouellet

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