Classically trained media composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter based in Manchester, Adina Nelu worked as a stage performer and lyricist with a renowned Eastern European artist, composed original music for short films, documentaries, art installations and commercials, and recently finished scoring her first feature length film. She is currently a member of the Adelphi Contemporary Music Group, known as the North West’s most eclectic and diverse contemporary music ensemble, for which she wrote her piece, Ode to Silence, that premiered earlier this year.
A piece of film or TV music that I really love is…
“One of the first pieces of film music that caught my attention was Like Home by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, part of the score to David Fincher’s Gone Girl (2014). While scarce in harmonic content and featuring repetitive material, Like Home shows complexity in the way it transforms with every new reiteration, each time turning darker and darker, as if a curtain is being lifted from a seemingly idyllic sonic landscape, unveiling an unwanted and inconvenient truth. In a short amount of time, this piece tells us everything there is to know about the plot, becoming a metaphor for it. Moreover, I can’t help but think of Brian Eno’s quote regarding minimalism, “Repetition is a form of change”, and how well this piece illustrates it. For me, listening to Like Home in the context of the film was a lesson in modern film scoring, expressing so much emotion with so little to work with.”