I've had many influences, but strange as it may sound , Santana has never been one of them. I enjoy his music and I know he loved hearing us perform Windchase when we toured together in 1976. The Shadows (Hank Marvin) was my idol when I was a kid learning to play, The Beatles (John Lennon) have had a major influence in my life. Then of course there are the more progressive bands such as Yes, Focus etc. I loved early Yes stuff, but then preferred listening to Focus. There are many other acts that I enjoy listening to and too many to name here and I guess that anything that one enjoys is going to have an influence on what you do yourself.
The biggest difference is that music composed for film must become an intregal part of the film. In the scores that I've composed, I've always strived to enhance the scenes I'm scoring and drive the emotions and action. When the right music comes together with a great film scene, magic is created and it's a wonderful and powerful thing. Sometimes writing for film can be a little frustrating because of the set boundaries that the film dictates, sometimes a classic music phrase can't be further developed because of these boundaries, whereas when you write freeform the only limitation is your own imagination.
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