… from composer Kristin Øhrn Dyrud’s blog at Montages

That was very much the case in the score for “The Attic Door”. It was an exercise in restraining myself and stripping back unnecessary elements. There are cues in the score that have 15 seconds of rest. It is funny though how you feel that when you get hired as a composer you should deliver the best possible music with beautiful themes and colorful layers because that makes it more interesting to listen to. Having 15 seconds of rest felt like I was cheating. But Danny kept reminding me that less was more, and he was right. In the end the minimalist music was the right choice for this particular movie. It’s an intimate, quiet film with multiple emotional layers. Piling on with musical layers would have overwhelmed the picture. It was a bold choice, but I think the right one. And as for the long rests – not having the music come back where you expect it can create an unnerving atmosphere. It can make the audience squirm uncomfortably at the tip of their seat. That was the effect we were going for to reflect the situation of the children left alone in this vast, beautiful, but terrifyingly lonely landscape of the Utah desert.

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