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Bruno Coulais

Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "Bruno Coulais"

Meet the man who wrote the music for the Focus Features movies Babies and Coraline.

The Conservatory
The Cesars
Instruments and Coraline


Ask Coulais about his influences, and he’ll cite modern composers like Prokofiev and Ligeti, as well as iconic film composers Bernard Herrmann and Nino Rota. But he’ll also list some less expected figures, like the modernist writers Marcel Proust and James Joyce. “When I read a book and I’m passionate about it, suddenly I have some musical ideas,” he says. Also important to Coulais are galleries and visual art exhibitions. In fact, important art in other mediums seem to act as both inspiration and palette cleanser for Coulais. “When I start to write music I don’t have any ideas. I am all forgetting,” he explains. “It’s important for me not to stay in my office and try and write music. Exhibitions are very important to me, along with the light and reading. Then the inspiration will come.”