He told BBC Radio 1: “If I was honest with myself, I was a little bit jealous but felt that I couldn’t [do it] so I never tried. Jonny’s just so far ahead – he understands orchestration works, he can read music, he’s studied it all. I mean, he sits there studying scores.”
“For Paul Thomas Anderson’s last film, he went away and read all the scores from the period of the composers of the time. That is not gonna happen with me cos I can’t read music.”
“So he’s out there off on his travels and he knows what he’s doing, whereas I’m totally scratching the surface, purely amateur.” he continued. “It stayed like that for a while and then I suddenly found myself committing to do a horror film and then thinking, ‘Well, it’s a horror film, I can just make loads of weird noises. It’ll be fun.’”
“There was way more to it than that and it was more melodic than that and more adventurous, and I was having to write choral pieces just using my own voice and many, many different things. So I’m a sucker.”
Guadagnino’s film is a remake of the 1977 cult classic by Dario Argento, about a young woman who joins a dance academy in Berlin, only to discover it’s actually home to a coven of witches. Suspiria marks Yorke’s first attempt at composing a full film score.