Krakower Group Composer Spotlight: Gregory Tripi

Greg Tripi - ©Laura-May Abron

Happy to spotlight Composer Gregory Tripi, whose recent projects include ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ and ‘Rememory.’

 What influences has music had on your family?

The most recent influence was the decision to sell my guest bed, and turn my guest room in to a drum recording room. It has great acoustics. My parents still visit occasionally, but the inflatable mattress isn’t quite as nice.

What do you do with your limited free time?

I usually read about film scoring, play with film scoring software, and talk about film scoring. I also have been known to go scuba diving, walk my sheltie, and build Lego spaceships with my son.

Influences

Current: Hang Drums
Past: Drum n BassOutside influences: Coffee and BoJack Horseman

Favorite current composer? 

My son

Best scored movie you’ve ever seen?

The Fountain – Clint Mansell

What is your least favorite instrument?

Is a stethoscope an instrument? I hate those things. They’re always freezing cold.

When did you discover that you wanted to pursue film music?

Age 10. Danny Elfman’s score to Batman sealed the deal.

What makes your sound unique?

I wish I knew so I could do more of it.

How did you first get involved writing music? What challenged you most, and what rewarded you most, as your résumé evolved over the years?

I grew up playing bassoon and heavy metal bass. I always wanted to write film music on one of them. Fortunately, I went to Berklee School of Music, and found some other tools for doing that.

Best concert or musical appearance you’ve ever seen?

Tool, at Lallapalooza many years ago.

What written work would you most like to compose music for?

Anything by Arthur C. Clarke

What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?

Zamboni Driver