Goblin on Scoring Horror Movies: "You Have to Be Scared to Scare Other People"
Goblin members Massimo Morante (right) and Maurizio Guarini.
Goblin are out for blood. They're gonna gut you, and string your entrails from the rafters.
Guts will explode, heads will crack, leg bones will snap under the weight of their monstrous sound.
They started in Italy in 1975, scored some of the scariest horror movies of all time, and have never been to Miami ... Till now.
Here's what keyboardist Maurizio Guarini had to say about death, film, and zombies.
Crossfade: Favorite American horror film?
Maurizio Guarini: That's a question that's really complicated. It depends on the moment. Alien was scary. Exorcist was scary. I saw that one in Italy about 40 years ago. I think it has to do with influences on the brain, whatever we see, hear, the fear is not specifically from the movie, but what happens when we experience watching it.
What are you scared of?
My age. I don't know. I don't think we know what we're scared of. It's whatever we don't expect.
How do use music to manufacture fear?
I think, in order to drive the emotions of the audience, you have to force yourself to get the same fear you want the audience to have. You force yourself. In scoring, the exact frame or second where you put a sound is going to change the evolution of the emotion of the audience. You have to be scared in order to scare other people.
If you could be killed in a movie, how and why?
If I had to choose to get killed in a movie, it would be crashing to the ground from the top of a high building. That would be a bad way to get killed. I've been scared of the height of the high-rise buildings.
How do you feel about the rise of zombie culture?
Just the right place, the right time, and now I'm part of this sort of history, and playing in a band made that happen. I didn't search for it. I feel glad to create something with my sound that, after 40 years, people still appreciate. I didn't participate in the first Dawn of the Dead soundtrack, though. I wasn't in Goblin at that time. But it's just a scary movie that by some magic pushes this fear of the living dead. Through the art of music and movies you can create this kind of magic.
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Biggest musical influences?
Prog rock from England is more influence to me than every other sound. Everything from that island is always very interesting. Fusion, progressive, but Weather Report is my favorite band of all.
Any relationship to South Florida?
No, this is actually the very first time to step foot in Florida. Last year, we did two tours in the U.S., mostly in the north and the Midwest. The only stop in the South was Austin, Texas. Yesterday was the first time in my life that I saw nice, warm Florida.
Any film work coming up?
We have some offers that we are evaluating because we are not really convinced. It's been a long time since we did something like that, and we want it to be really big if we do. We're also working on another album and almost finished. Movies may happen, but we are not closing any deal.
How did the name for the band come about?
I wasn't in the band when they formed in 1975, I joined later. But according to Massimo who is in front of me right now, it was part of research in an encyclopedia.
Any words for the people of Miami?
Thanks for waiting so long. We would love to exchange the energy with you guys. And we absolutely look forward to it.
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Goblin. With Pinkish Black. Presented by Radio-Active Records. Friday, April 25. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $28 to $65 plus fees via ticketfly.com. All ages. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.
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