Music discovery on our musicto Monday playlist
Each week, our global creator community listens to tracks sent through our musicto artist submission form. And each week, we add our favorites to our musicto Monday playlist. With every update of this music discovery playlist, we invite one musicto curator from our social network to choose a band or musician from our artist submissions to put in the spotlight. This month, music curator Jane Asylum puts North Macedonian composer Gorazd Radeski in the spotlight.
Composer Gorazd Radeski in the musicto spotlight
Composer Gorazd Radeski recently submitted his atmospheric “Last Flight”—from his 2019 original score for director George Lasov’s short dramatic sci-fi film, Ashes—to our musicto community. It’s a beautifully melancholic track that instantly inspired my imagination. As a writer, this doesn’t happen every time I first hear a song. Sometimes, I’ll write scenes around a song or to a track, but every once in a while, I’ll hear a cinematic piece that inspires an entire story instead. If it weren’t for the fact that “Last Flight” was composed specifically for George Lasov’s sci-fi drama, I might have written such a story myself.
Although Gorazd’s musicto submission is recent, his mesmerizing track was composed earlier than 2023. In fact, the piece first appeared in the 2019 movie. I was curious about why the North Macedonian composer didn’t choose to submit more recent work. It didn’t take long to discover that the work he did on the Ashes OST, which includes “Last Flight,” is something that he is particularly proud to have contributed to the sound design and music.
“It was an incredible experience to be able to bring the film to life with my work and see it come together with the visuals,” Gorazd said in a Sound Better interview. It turns out that he’s also a huge sci-fi fan and making music for a science fiction film was a dream come true.
Aside from being a composer, Gorazd is also a guitarist in the death metal band Inner Hate. On the surface, this might seem contrary to some, but there are dozens of film score composers who got their start in pop and rock bands, including Danny Elfman (Oingo Boingo) and one of Gorazd’s influences, Hans Zimmer (The Buggles). And there are plenty more, like Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails) and Damon Alburn (Blur, Gorillaz) who continue to perform in their bands while composing soundtracks.
So how does death metal inform Radeski’s musical scores? With his extensive background in heavy metal music, he brings a unique and powerful energy, infused with a hint of darkness and mysticism to his compositions, which you can certainly hear in pieces like “Delicate Contact” and—my personal favorite—”Steamheart.”
Three songs from Gorazd Radeski’s collection
It’s not just heavy metal that informs Gorazd’s music. He draws inspiration and motivation from his favorite film composers like Vangelis, Sinoia Caves, Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, and Zack Hemsey, to name a few. So what makes a film score work? In the earlier mentioned Sound Better interview, he suggests that communication and collaboration with clients is the key to understanding their vision and delivering a successful refined cinematic project.
As far as I’m concerned, Gorazd Radeski has been successful—and I have no doubt there will be many more original soundtrack compositions in this composers future.