Composers are geniuses. They are masters in their craft creating works of sound art that stimulate the synapses on all levels. Using an idea, a theme, an emotion, composers build layers of beautiful sound to reflect the moment at hand or those that will be. It’s an incredible gift and one I am in awe of. One such composer is Los Angeles-based Logan Nelson. At the end of January, he released an incredible album titled Lavender Echoes via 1631 Recordings. If you haven’t listented to it yet, you must listen to it now. It will take you away and refresh your soul.

We wanted to find out more about Logan so we asked him to pick three albums that have influenced him and his music. Check out his three album picks below and be sure to check out Lavender Echoes.

Jóhann JóhannssonOrphée

Orphée was pretty instrumental in my discovery of what was possible within the Neoclassical genre. Jóhann creates a powerful vibe with such minimalistic textures that transport you to an alternate, beautifully dystopian universe. The detail of the strings and harmonic tension in ‘Flight From The City’ makes me cry every time. From Jóhann, I learned that less is more, and that live musicians are everything.

Bon IverBon Iver

Despite writing in a completely different genre, Bon Iver feels equally as cinematic to me as a lot of film scores that I’d loved while growing up. His music always tells a story, which is something I strive for in all of my work. From Bon Iver, I learned about the power of blurring genre lines, and processing classical acoustic instruments with modern production techniques.

Nicholas BritellIf Beale Street Could Talk

As a film composer, I couldn’t help but list Nick’s score to Beale St as being highly influential to my work. His close relationship with musicians leads to innovative improvisation and an emphasis on performance that has rarely been seen in film music up to this point. Such improvisation results in textures that would be difficult to notate in a traditional sense, and a balance between texture and melody is also extremely refined.

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