The great Ennio Morricone died today, and his influence in popular culture cannot be underestimated. He was wildly prolific (he composed over 20 scores in 1971 alone) and while best known for the spaghetti western sound, you really can't pin him down to any one style. His work was sampled heavily in hip hop and trip hop, was a big influence on metal, the lounge music resurgence of the '90s via those Mondo Morricone compilations, and groups like Broadcast and Stereolab, to name just a few. Morricone remained productive right up to the end.
You can read tributes to Morricone from filmmaker Edgar Wright, Alison Goldfrapp (and listen to a Morricone playlist she made), Metallica, Massive Attack, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Chance the Rapper, Steven Van Zandt, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, New Order, Duran Duran, Biz Markie, The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd, El-P,, Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, Thursday's Geoff Rickly, Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley, Petra Haden, and more. Read those below.
Speaking to the BBC today, fellow composer Hans Zimmer said Morricone was "one of a kind" and "an icon." "His music was always outstanding and done with great emotional fortitude and great intellectual thought."