Among the many facets to JJ Abrams is his love of music. He plays a number of instruments and even composed the themes for both Alias and Felicity. In a new interview with Helio magazine, the Trek XI producer/director talks music and how he grew up listening to movie scores. He lists John Williams, Tom Twyker, John Barry and even Tangerine Dream among the composers he admires. Regarding his choice for composer for Star Trek XI, Abrams had this to say…
Michael Giacchino, is a genius in terms of current working composers. I’m biased, but I think he’s as good as it gets, with contemporary composers.
Abrams says that he worked very closely with Giacchino on Alias, down to each scene. However on Lost he feels that Giacchino "doesn’t need anyone to tell him to tell him anything." Also noting "working with a composer who gets the characters and story as much as Michael is an absolute joy."
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see Helio for the full interview