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Bill Wells: 'I've more in common with indie'

1 July 2011 4:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Snubbed by Scotland's jazz scene, guitar virtuoso Bill Wells has teamed up with ex-Arab Strap man Aidan Moffat for a panoramic meditation on life and death

'I like to think I can do things over a very wide musical range," Bill Wells says. "Even if you're just a session player, you like to think you can be recognised in some way. But if I'm collaborating with someone, I try and find out what's the best thing to do to make the music work. I also enjoy taking control. I like to think there's enough identity there in my own music so that people will recognise it, but I also want to do different things. I like stuff that's very free and very melodic as well."

Wells is a jazz pianist – he's won jazz awards and led his own octet and trio. He's also a session guitarist and a key contributor to Scotland's indie scene. »

- Mike Barnes

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Music in the movies: April score round-up

11 April 2011 7:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In this week’s Music In The Movies, Glen checks out the latest scores available from such films as Battle: Los Angeles, Never Let Me Go and Rango...

Recently, there have been some fantastic scores from established composers, as well as some great pieces of music from new names, and this year's already seen some spectacular movie soundtracks. Here are some of the scores worthy of your attention this month...

Rachel PortmanNever Let Me Go

Rachel Portman is a composer who I plan to write an article about before the end of the year, and one whose work I’m a fan of. Her work here really is quite excellent – some have complained that it’s a little overly sentimental, but I think, in many ways, it’s lighter than what the material calls for, but is still a hugely effective piece of work.

Portman spent four months working on the score, »

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