Sussan in session at the Legendary Capitol Studios with composer Alexandre Desplat.
ARGO: Composer Alexandre Desplat on Preventing Ben Affleck’s Film from Sounding “Cheesy” and Creating Zero Dark Thirty’s “Middle Ages” Score
The first half of the film is all made with Occidental instruments. When we get to the Iranian airspace, you hear this voice—this great Persian singer Sussan Deyhim does a sort of jazz scatting, but in a Persian way. And on top of that, she sings a melody like a lament. That is going to keep on going during the moments of fear and emotion during the second half of the film. Around her are these incredible musicians from Turkey and France. We locked ourselves in Capitol Records, and I specifically had them play what I had written, showing them the patterns and teaching them every detail of the melodies…. ~ read more
Iranian vocalist and composer Sussan Deyhim is the mysterious sound heard throughout composer Alexandre Desplat’s Oscar-nominated score for Argo. Deyhim’s voice becomes an instrument that is used dramatically, percussively, and melodically. Argo’s original score by Alexandre Desplat is nominated for an Academy Award. Since its release, Argo has won Best Picture at the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes… ~ read more
Regardless of whether he’ll walk away with his second Golden Globe statue on Sunday, Desplat’s music made quite an impact on film in 2012. EW checked in with him to talk about some of his recent films. Click past the jump to see a featurette on the making of the Argo score… ~ watch video
With Oscar buzz surrounding the forthcoming Ben Affleck-directed, George Clooney-produced dramatic thriller Argo, acclaimed Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim, who contributed music to the score by French film composer Alexandre Desplat, is especially excited about her Oct. 14 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles—two days after the film opens…