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Nathan Furst

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"I loved working on those films. For me, it’s some of the best work I’ve ever done."
— Nathan Furst
Nathan Furst
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Job Composer for the first three films
Department Composer


Nathan Furst is a composer who worked with LEGO and Creative Capers Entertainment to score the first three BIONICLE films.

Biography

An avid lover of film music ever since childhood, Furst taught himself to play piano at the age of 12, receiving no lessons, and as a teenager acquired copies of TV show episodes without any music mixed in so that he could compose his own scores for them. Furst - who had never heard of BIONICLE before - had a friend in Timothy Borquez, who was serving as a sound supervisor for an upcoming BIONICLE film. Borquez recommended that Furst send in a demo reel of his work to Sue Shakespeare (the film's executive producer), who was impressed by Furst's work and enthusiasm and invited him to score the film. Furst composed approximately sixty-five minutes of music for the film, including a ten-minute cue for the film's finishing battle sequence. Furst's work earned him a nomination for Best Original Score in a DVD Premiere Movie, after which he returned to score the second and third installments of the film series.

Furst was not invited to return for the fourth film, which he attributes to the new production company's wish to not retread old ground.

While no official soundtrack release for his work on the second and third BIONICLE films has materialized, Furst has on occasion uploaded cues for streaming through his website, SoundCloud, and YouTube.

Finally, the Mask of Light soundtrack was released on March 10, 2017, fourteen years after the film's release.[1][2] It is currently only available on digital music stores such as iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, and there are no plans for a physical release at this time.[3] He has stated that the soundtracks for the second and third films are planned for release as well,[4] and that the score for Legends of Metru Nui was recently recovered "at least partially" despite previously being lost in a "bad drive crash."[5]

Trivia

  • The Kolhii match sequence in Mask of Light was edited around Furst's score for the scene.
  • Furst often describes the BIONICLE films as some of his favorite projects, as he had extensive creative freedom in what he could write.
  • When composing the score to Mask of Light, Furst had only concept art to work off of to get an idea for what atmosphere his music should have. In composing subsequent films in the series he had the luxury of being able to read the script beforehand.

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