Composer Carter Burwell Is the Latest Guest on The Hollywood Reporter's 'Behind the Screen' Podcast Series

He recently scored 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' for the Coen brothers.
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Carter Burwell

Film composer Carter Burwell, who scored Joel and Ethan Coen’s Netflix release, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, is the next guest on The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast series.

Behind the Screen, hosted by THR tech editor Carolyn Giardina, features interviews with cinematographers, editors, composers, production designers and other creative talent behind the making of motion pictures.

Burwell has composed the music for more than 80 feature films, including 17 with the Coen brothers such as Raising ArizonaBarton Fink, Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit. He’s also a two-time Oscar nominee for Carol and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

For The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Burwell approached the six-part Western anthology movie as six separate films. "They are so different and the intention is so different," he explains. "But the big question was, to what extent do we try to weave a thread through it that gives it some unity."

The composer describes his work on tracks including Canyon Awake, The Gal Who Got Rattled and The Mortal Remains.

The score was recorded, with an orchestra, at Abbey Road Studios in London. Burwell adds, "In this case, Netflix as a distributor is not a signatory to any of the union agreements here. So they wanted to go to London so they wouldn't be involved in that. I mention that because more and more films are being made by companies that aren't signatories. It's an issue."

Behind the Screen recently joined a THR podcast lineup that includes It Happened in Hollywood, hosted by THR senior writer Seth Abramovitch and Emmy-winning TV writer and comedian Chip Pope, which opens the THR vault each episode to revisit an indelible moment from 90 years of entertainment history, as well as Awards Chatter, Scott Feinberg's in-depth interview show that also focuses on talents of the Oscar and Emmy seasons.

Hear it all below on Behind the Screen — and be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an exciting episode.