Megan Tarpey is a pianist and composer from the North West of England. She studied her Music Degree at Liverpool Hope University where her work was workshopped and performed by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. After working for over a year at a record label based in MediaCityUK, she is now studying an MA in Composition at the University of Manchester. Megan’s compositional style includes the use of traditional ensembles along with technology to create an entirely new landscape.
A piece of film or TV music that I really love is…
“Jóhann Jóhannsson – he uses spatial awareness, digital sound processing, a mixture of electronics and orchestral music to create a thrilling and capturing music soundscape for the film Arrival. In particular, the track I like is ‘Heptapod B’. Space and silence is really important within this piece as it complements the film to make it even more dramatic. This track breathes contemporary experimental as it is packed with new sounds and continues to inspire me. Jóhannsson’s avant-garde style syncs well with the sci-fi film, packed with spaceships, alien languages and difficult communication. Voice recordings are manipulated in such a way that you cannot tell it is a vocal ensemble, which is meant to have no meaning but sound like an unknown language.”