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 Carter Burwell - “There is not much irony when people are being happy on screen.”
 Carter Burwell - “The jarring change going from an urban environment to an extremely remote natural environment is extremely inspiring. It's constantly stimulating, it's like a slap in the face.”
 Carter Burwell - “The flow of Guiness into the studio was inspirational as well as nutritive.”
 Carter Burwell - “New Yorkers may think they're on some cutting edge, but that's not especially true. It is, however, the most exciting heterogeneous mess of a town I've ever seen.”
 Carter Burwell - “Los Angeles is an industry town, and it has great facilities and personnel. The disadvantage is that everyone there seems to talk about the same subject matter.”
 Carter Burwell - “John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of. As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.”
 Carter Burwell - “In mainstream romantic comedies, I'm usually tearing my hair out. It's just a devastatingly difficult genre for me.”
 Carter Burwell - “If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.”
 Carter Burwell - “I'm one of those people who is actually inspired by a deadline. I might not sleep for many days on end, it may not be good for my health, but it definitely helps.”
 Carter Burwell - “I think being a little nuts is helpful.”
 Carter Burwell - “I prefer a life in which we don't take ourselves too seriously.”
 Carter Burwell - “I like the fact that New York looks a bit backwards, toward the Old World, rather than resolutely forwards.”
 Carter Burwell - “I just love the sheer mess of New York.”
 Carter Burwell - “I don't find myself lobbying for projects. Filmmakers almost always come to me.”
 Carter Burwell - “Even if I went off to some other career, I hope I would still be doing Coen films.”
 Carter Burwell - “Conducting, I tried it once off the cuff, and quickly realized there were subtle aspects that I was missing. There is a lot more to it that I was able to grasp simply by watching conductors.”
 Carter Burwell - “I would like to do a science fiction film some day. Star Wars seems really to have destroyed the genre, which at one time offered great musical opportunities.”
 Carter Burwell - “When the systems we expect to help us actually hurt us, we have tragedy.”
 Carter Burwell - “Hopefully each film can be given a musical voice of its own, which is not to say that the instrumentation is always unique, but that the relationship between the sound and the image is unique.”
 Carter Burwell - “Carefully execute every instruction given to you by the director, producer, and studio. But that would be a life not worth living.”
 Carter Burwell - “Performing written music, even when I've written it, is not very interesting to me.”
 Carter Burwell - “Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film, or at least in narrative feature films.”
 Carter Burwell - “Learning how to improvise really awakened my interest in music.”
 Carter Burwell - “I write music to please myself. Hopefully the director's enjoying it too.”
 Carter Burwell - “I have always loved Scottish music - all sorts of Celtic, Gaelic music.”

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