Name: Joel Goodman
Title: Founder/President, MusicBox and Composer, "My Lai," "A Small Act", "Canvas"
Panel: Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m., "The Basics of Production Music" and 4:30 p.m.,
"My First Job: How I Landed My First Gig In Film/TV Music"
For more information or to register for the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Film and TV Music Conference, which runs October 27-28 in L.A., please visit www.billboardevents.com.
What’s the last album you bought?
Herbie Hancock's "Imagine"
Do you Twitter? If so, how often? What’s your Twitter name? And if not, why not?
No Twitter. My Facebook sends automatically to Twitter. Facebook and LinkedIn (which I hardly use) are enough.
What’s the best use of music in film/TV that you’ve recently seen?
I thought the score and songs in "Inception" were excellent.
At this moment in time, what most worries and encourages you about the music business?
I'm most worried about the value of copyrights. There are some out there that think all artistic work should be in the public domain, and that should scare everyone. Second thing that worries me is Internet companies like Google and Apple profiting (largely) from the use of copyrights they don't own, and not paying for the right to use those works. I use Google and Apple every day, but feel they should pay their fair share like everyone else.
I'm encouraged by many more things. Most new popular music is made by musicians playing and singing instead of using sequencers as a replacement for the real thing. Musically, we have left the 20th century and there are some wonderful new sounds evolving. I love that! We are at the beginning of a new time period in music. I wonder how many people realize that. I could write for another two pages about things that encourage me.
What is the most significant moment in the history of film/tv music?
Every time a score is recorded with live musicians instead of synth/sample replacements. But for me personally, watching the movie "The Player" and Thomas Newman's score. For me, that's the genesis of his sound.
What is going to win Album of the Year at the Grammys?
I have no idea. I just asked three other people who won last year. We don't remember. But I do remember Pink's amazing performance. Wow.
-- Ann Donahue
Name: Joel Goodman