Stephen Vitiello: Soundtracks for Lynne Sachs (Volume 1)

Stephen Vitiello, an excerpt from Bowed from “Film About a Father Who”
Stephen Vitiello, an excerpt from Something Betweene from “Film About a Father Who”


Lynne Sachs first reached out to me in 2012, asking if I could recommend someone to work on the soundtrack for an upcoming film. I probably paused for a polite moment and then offered my own services. Since that time, I’ve created music for several projects by Lynne, including 4 feature-length films, a performance work (created in collaboration with playwright Lizzie Olesker) and a short film that uses a track I did with Molly Berg for a 12k CD. Over the years, I’ve amassed an archive of pieces made for these projects, some used in the films, some excerpted, some proposed. In some cases, Lynne would be looking for a 30-second clip for a transition and I’d use that as an excuse to record a 10-minute piece, figuring we’d find the 30-seconds somewhere in there.

This first volume of soundtracks works are from two films – Film About A Father Who, a complex portrait of Lynne’s father and (many) siblings. And then, Tip Of My Tongue, a piece on events of the last 55 years as remembered by a collection of friends and colleagues. As much as these musical tracks were created for the films, I don’t believe one has to have seen the films to enjoy them. That said, running out, or jumping on your computer, to watch and listen to the films would be a very good thing to consider.

Film About A Father Who, directed by Lynne Sachs, 2020
Editor – Rebecca Shapass

Tip Of My Tongue, directed by Lynne Sachs, 2017
Editor – Amanda Katz 


released February 5, 2021

Stephen Vitiello – guitar, modular synthesizer, piano, Rhodes keyboard, field recordings
Justin Alexander – percussion (FAFW)
Sara Bouchard – piano (FAFW)
Olivia LeClair – clarinet (TOMT)
Andy McGraw – percussion (TOMT)

Cover art – Lynne Sachs
Mastering – Lawrence English


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