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Alum Dan Deacon to Score Next Francis Ford Coppola Film

Date Released: 1/18/2011

Purchase alum and experimental composer Dan Deacon will write music for "Twixt Now & Sunrise" a new Francis Ford Coppola film starring Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning to be released next fall. Details.

Dan Deacon, Wham City founding member and a graduate of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, was taped by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola to score his next film Twixt Now and Sunrise, scheduled for  Halloween release.

Classically trained at Purchase, Deacon  is known for founding the artist's collective Wham City in Baltimore and making hyperkinetic dance music. He was attracted to the Coppola project because it would allow him to return to his roots.

A Baltimore Sun Article by Erik Maza quotes Deacon, "I've been wanting to go back to music that is more dissonant, like what I was doing in college. But I don't want to disenfranchise my pop audience, so this is a good platform to show a different side of my music."

Coppola has been moving away from blockbusters into more esoteric work and first heard Deacon on National Public Radio. He was drawn to Deacon's unconventional aesthetic, his sense of adventure and especially his background in composition which made him a fit for the film.

The two met at Coppola's vineyard in Nappa early last year, and in August, and agreed to work on the film which Coppola describes as a Gothic romance inspired by another Baltimorean, Edgar Allen Poe.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Deacon has read the screenplay but has not seen the film which is still being shot.  The two will meet in February to brainstorm.  Coppola wants the score to have orchestral, possibly even atonal elements, but also the kind of electronic music Deacon is most known for. 

This will be Deacon's first score but not his first foray into classical music.  He wrote an orchestral piece to be performed in February by the Kitchner-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada.