From the Waterphone to a four-headed double bass made with forks and spoons, composers have been experimenting with weird and wonderful instruments over the years for film soundtracks. Now, Alex Heffes has been bashing a bike for Stephen Frears's new Lance Armstrong biopic.
The as-yet-untitled film charts the rise and fall of the infamous American cyclist as he won seven Tour de France titles, only to have them stripped away when it was proven that he was using performance-enhancing drugs. Ben Foster is playing Armstrong, alongside Chris O'Dowd as David Walsh, the journalist who exposed him, while Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman also makes an appearance.
The film will inevitably be packed with dramatic episodes both on and off the cycling track, calling for a powerful, thematically-resonant score to back them up. This is where renowned composer Heffes (State of Play) stepped up with a suggestion.
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