Can Inigo Jones stay set?
After enjoying a flourishing career as a fine classical music composer, he left the Denver Symphony in 2000 to write writing instruments, production materials, and software for movie soundtracks and post-production sound recording and video. His creative life now stretches to today. We ask Andrew Rogerson, who recently interviewed Inigo Jones about his experiences in soundtracks and post-production sound recording:
“When I became a composer, I was barely breaking even. I wrote the Inigo Jones piano concerto on my own and it premiered in 2002, when I had no publisher. I did that because I was learning to rely less on management and marketing. I liked writing for the piano so I wrote a piano concerto. Music, to me, has always been a mixed bag of arts. I like everything from philosophy to philosophy to heavy metal and all the kids these days think that’s cool. But I was what some would call ‘a dork.’”
Today, music is part of his job. He wrote a classical concerto and a hip-hop score. “I teach music because I want to be a product of the best of what I can do.”
Music speaks to his soul as well as his body. “Music is in me, the texture and textural and dramatic and tonal of it. My ears are not just listening for things to show up and hit me in the face. It’s a person inside my head, not unlike the guy in my head that turns me on when the Devil turns me on. He does that also.”
Andrew Rogerson is a reporter for the Associated Press. He works in the newsroom at the headquarters of The Associated Press in New York City. He lives in Nashville.