Thom Yorke Says Working on the 'Suspiria' Soundtrack Felt Like 'Casting Spells'

Thom Yorke
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Thom Yorke arrives for the premiere of the film "Suspiria" presented in competition on Sept. 1, 2018 during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. 

Suspiria, Luca Guadagnigno's upcoming remake of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic, involves a ton of sinister, supernatural action carried out by some evil witches -- so it's appropriate that Thom Yorke compared his process for creating the movie's soundtrack to concocting something magical.     

In a press conference before the film's premiere at the 2018 Venice Film Festival on Saturday (Sept. 1) featuring Guadagnino, Yorke, Dakota Johnson and other members of the Suspiria cast, the Radiohead frontman described his time in the studio as a bewitching experience, one that felt like "casting spells."

"It was of its time and there was no way I could reference it in any way,” Yorke said of the original soundtrack, which was composed by Argento and Italian rock group Goblin. "There was no point, other than what I found interesting was they used repetition of motifs, again and again and again. Part of your mind was saying, 'Please, I don’t want to hear this anymore.' That was really great. There’s a way of repeating in music that can hypnotize. I kept thinking to myself that it’s a form of making spells.

“So when I was working in my studio I was making spells," he continued. "I know it sounds really stupid, but that’s how I was thinking about it. It was a sort of freedom I’ve not had before. I’ve not worked in the format of song arrangement. I’m just exploring.”

Yorke has an exceptional standard to live up to with his own score, which audiences will hear in full when Suspiria hits theaters nationwide on Nov. 11. Watch the trailer for the film below.


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