James Lipton

James Lipton discusses the Inside the Actors Studio Suite.

on Jan 4, 2010

To all of you who have written to ask how you can attend the live Inside the Actors Studio tapings, you can obtain tickets through the website of Pace University, http://www.pace.edu.

To Sharon and David Robinson, the Inside the Actors Studio music about which you and hundreds of other viewers have inquired is written by the American composer Angelo Badalamenti. Here is his story and the remarkable story of our score:

In the fall of 1994, when the Actors Studio Drama School and Inside the Actors Studio were born, it was clear we’d need some theme music – fast. Fortunately, I was then serving on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and one day after a meeting, I approached a fellow Board member, Angelo Badalamenti, the distinguished composer of many film scores, including the distinctive music for all of David Lynch’s movies, and the creator of what is in my view television’s finest score, the haunting themes that accompanied “Twin Peaks.”

I told him we were inaugurating a series on what was then a cable network with 20,000,000 viewers, and asked whether he would consider composing the score for our titles, credits, bumpers and music cues. Angelo, being a fellow Academy Board member and a man of good heart, agreed not only to compose but to play (on synthesizers and at his own expense) the score for a fledgling TV series owned by a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution with unknown prospects and zero budget for music.