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Solitude, relationships, and imagination: inside this Montreal musician's first movie score

You may go into a trance watching Jean-Michel Pigeon as he builds the music that will build the mood for upcoming film Crash Test Aglaé.

Montreal's Jean-Michel Pigeon walks us through his process

Moving from his piano to his computer, Jean-Michael Pigeon takes CBC Arts through his process in creating a film score. 2:20

Montreal-based musician Jean-Michel Pigeon has been immersed in music for a long time, most notably with his band Monogrenade. Now, he's taking on a new challenge — scoring the upcoming film Crash Test Aglaé. For Pigeon, this means collaborating with other musicians, spending a lot of time in the studio, and losing himself in the images he sees on a screen.

"When I watch a great movie or a great show, you forget your life for a little time," he explains.

In this segment directed by Guillaume Alcaraz, we travel to Montreal to watch Pigeon at work, witnessing a glimpse of a score as it's built — note by note.

Follow Pigeon on Twitter here.

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