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MovieScore Media: "Port Authority" music by Matthew Herbert


MovieScore Media’s latest composer on its roster is influential electronica artist Matthew Herbert, whose intense ambient score for Danielle Lessovitz urban transgender drama Port Authority builds on a varied number of influences. This unorthodox love story set in New York's queer ballroom scene, and follows Paul, a 20 year old Midwesterner who quickly catches eyes with Wye, a 22 year old girl voguing on the sidewalk. After Paul seeks her out in secret, an intense love between them blossoms. But when Paul discovers Wye is trans, he is forced to confront his own identity and what it means to belong...

Matthew Herbert’s body of work in the field of electronic music is impossible to categorize. In one of his interviews, he summed up his artistic credo in the following way: "When everything I read politically and watch and hear has been absorbed, there comes a point where you must feel it viscerally otherwise you are closed to the horrors of it and thus closed to the possibility of action, closed to the idea that you could make a difference or could have prevented the outcome. This internalizing of the struggle, the friction, the melancholy I feel should be at the emotional core of the work. After all, I am making music and not writing a newspaper article. But with the invention of the sampler, I can now explicitly root my work in the literal, critical present. I can describe the real in the frame of the imaginary."

Matthew Herbert is an award-winning composer, artist, producer and writer whose range of innovative works extends from more than 30 albums (including the much-celebrated Bodily Functions) to scores for Oscar-winning films (A Fantastic Woman) as well as music for the National Theatre, Broadway, TV series (Noughts and Crosses, BBC), games (Lego) and radio. He has performed solo, as a DJ and with various musicians including his own 21 piece big band and 100 piece choir all round the world from the Sydney opera house, to the Hollywood Bowl and created installations, plays and opera. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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