Today’s guest Max Richter was one of the first composers to combine classical and electronic elements with a post-rock sensibility – something which was radical when he began his career at the start of the 21st century.
The German-born British composer is one of the most influential voices in post-minimalist composition and has also made a name for himself as a prolific writer of music for film, television and stage. His work has been featured in films from the likes of Martin Scorsese and Denis Villeneuve and he’s scored an episode of Black Mirror as well as HBO show The Leftovers.
This month sees expanded new editions of Max’s cannon-defining record The Blue Notebooks released in celebration of its 15th anniversary. Max is also in London to co-curate Sound and Visions, a marathon weekend event at the Barbican. Working with his longtime collaborator artist Yulia Mahr, the pair have put together an ambitious programme that includes the first full-scale live performance in the UK of Max’s 2010 album Infra.
Today we’re talking to Max about one of his favourite writers, the Japanese-born Haruki Murakami.