A couple of years ago, L.A. native Adam Gunther segued from playing in indie-rock bands to making experimental electronic music under the name Dzang. The producer/composer’s friendship with filmmaker Jay Dockendorf dates to when they were playing music together in L.A. and continued through their college days. “When Jay was finally ready to make his first feature film I said, ‘You gotta let me score this,’” Gunther says, “and surprisingly he said yes.” The classical-meets-electronic-meets-hip-hop music in the score for Dockendorf’s film “Naz & Maalik” (which premiered this weekend) reflects the tribulations of the protagonists, two closeted Muslim teens in Brooklyn for whom nothing seems to go right. The music, Gunther says, is “something that, I hope, makes the city more real and reflects who Naz and Maalik are in the world. ‘Selling’ is some version of the music that the guys listen to while other parts of the score are more indeterminate and impressionistic responses to their actions.” Even outside of the context of the score, “Selling” makes for something fans of the L.A. beat scene would love.
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