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Top 7 Musical Influences of LIZZIE creator Alan Stevens Hewitt

Posted by Alice Hodge | 12 June 2014

The LIZZIE creators: (l-r) Tim Maner, Alan Stevens Hewitt and Steven Cheslik-deMeyer.

In the second installment of this three part series, we asked co-creator Alan Stevens Hewitt (center) for his musical influences behind LIZZIE.


For me, the influences are not so direct. I generally start from a place of intention--how best to convey the emotion I want to convey, musically, and how to structure the journey.  

Stylistically, there are places, certainly, where I've used a musical language that would be familiar to many of my generation--I, too, loved Nirvana, Pixies, Sleater-Kinney, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Beatles, The Who, Floyd, The Clash the list goes on...



Radiohead's "Lucky " from OK Computer


But many of the elements that make these artists classic are updates of sounds, techniques, and approaches culled and adapted from previous generations. I may have drawn as much upon Queens of the Stone Age as from Stravinsky--within the same number, even.  


Queens of the Stone Age's "No One Knows"

The first three movements of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Listen to the full sympohny here.


Other strong influences were Richard Wagner's use of leitmotiv, and Hector Berlioz' (among others) process of thematic transformation. I used these techniques extensively throughout to unify the score and develop ideas and themes.  For example, "This Is Not Love" is a recomposition of "13 Days In Taunton." Listen carefully and you will hear it.  There are literally dozens of other instances throughout the score. And this extends to the orchestrations as well — certain instrumental elements being associated with certain characters and themes/ideas.


Of course, I had to sneak in an "easter egg" here and there as well.  See if you can hear where I quoted the line "...somewhere a place for us" from Bernstein's West Side Story.



Check out Part 1 of the LIZZIE Influences series with Steven Cheslik-deMeyers

And Part 3 of the LIZZIE Influences series with Tim Maner


LIZZIE runs now through June 29



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