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The original Candy, a 1992 horror film starring music by Philip Glass, was about a tragic and violent bogeyman with a giant hook in one arm, summoned whenever you say his name five times in a mirror. It takes place in the Cabrini-Green housing project – just four blocks from where Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, who composed the refracted score for the new film, lived when he moved to Chicago in 1995, playing with bands like The 90 Day Men.
Lowe sang and performed in various underground groups in Chicago and then in Brooklyn while developing his own palette. Under the stage name Lichens, he uses modular synthesizers and the full spectrum of his voice; Johann Johannsson, the late Icelandic film composer, featured Lowe’s voice in his sheet music for Sicario and Arrival. Also in their cohort was Hildur Guðnadóttir, the Oscar-winning composer of Joker. She describes Lowe as a “wizard”.
“The way he approaches singing and creating,” said Oscar-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, “it’s both very thoughtful, but also very basic. Like, what he sings and what he produces comes from a lot of the gut, and you can feel it just in the way he sang. It’s very magical. “