Clint Mansell Tickets
Clint Mansell: Genius at Work
Truly great musicians continue to produce music in some form or another over the course of their careers. Many of these rare talents move from a background in pop music to begin creating entire worlds via music scores in popular films. Clint Mansell is in this auspicious category as a multi-faceted musician whose music breaks form and transports listeners to an entirely different place.
While Mansell toured extensively with his band Pop Will Eat Itself in the 1990's, his work as a solo artist in the decade since hasn't yielded many live performances. However, he has been known to play solo shows in larger American cities like New York and Los Angeles in relatively intimate, unique venues on occasion, usually for a couple days at a time in each respective location. When these shows do come about, Clint Mansell tickets are arguably the best in town, as they yield a rare live glimpse of a truly great, multi-faceted composer playing some of the most beautiful and haunting original film scores ever written.
Mansell was the lead singer in the English alternative rock band Pop Will Eat Itself in the early-1980s to the mid-1990s. They incorporated sample driven industrial and indie rock music into most of their songs. In the early years the band was called the Wild and Wandering, though they were known locally as the Blind and the Blundering due to the fact that most of the members were usually intoxicated. All of Pop Will Eat Itself's albums reached the Top 40 in the UK in the early 1990s, before they broke up in 1996. When a reunion was attempted in 2007, Mansell didn't rejoin the band because he couldn't obtain a visa for their opening show in the UK.
A few years before Pop Will Eat Itself disbanded in 1996, the band signed with Nothing Records, the label owned by Nine Inch Nails' front man and mastermind Trent Reznor. Mansell and Reznor became friends over the next few years and he sang backup on vocals on the Nine Inch Nails album The Fragile. At about the same time, Mansell met a young filmmaker named Darren Aronofsky, who wanted a score for his film Pi. This was the first film score from Mansell and would launch a new, remarkable chapter in his career.
It was the second film Mansell scored for Aronofsky that was his first true breakthrough as a composer -- his score for the dark epic Requiem for a Dream. The film ended with a disturbing montage of scenes that featured his setting of the Latin words "Lux Aeterna." This track was so memorable to audiences that Peter Jackson later re-arranged the track for the trailer of his Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, using a full orchestra and choir.
Mansell has scored the soundtracks for over 30 films and television shows to date, with some more popular than others. Some of the most memorable soundtracks he has done include the aforementioned score for Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, the soundtrack for The Fountain, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe) and the soundtrack for Duncan Jones's memorable science fiction film Moon.
When Mansell does perform live, it is an enveloping, meditative experience. Since he is often performing music from his most popular scores, there isn't any singing or real dancing, so it is most akin to watching a classical orchestra perform in a concert hall, only in a more intimate space with more modern, electronic instruments. However, seeing a talent like Mansell performing live onstage is a truly memorable experience.
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