Tim Cooper has written for most national newspapers and many magazines on every subject from politics to pop culture. His first published work was in his own punk fanzine, Cliché. He lives in East London indulging his passions of writing, reading, cinema, music, football, cricket, and vegetable gardening.
Nicholas Britell is not a household name. But this is a household sound anywhere that the residents watch Succession. Like me.
Cleverly blending hip-hop and late-18th century ‘classical’ piano, its shuffling beats behind that tinkling piano motif immediately create a tingle of anticipation among addicts of the show (me, and quite possibly you).
The result, he says, is a “strange mixture of absurdity and gravitas that is the essence of the show,” describing it as a mix of “dark courtly classical sound and oversize hip-hop beats and 808s.”
Britell is a Juilliard graduate who worked in Wall Street as a currency trader at Bear Stearns… until 2008… making him perfectly placed to capture the anxiety and tension that Succession so successfully creates.