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KU prof crafts ‘Grace’ notes

December 14, 2007

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KU professor composes music for Phelps documentary

When it came to writing music for the documentary "Fall from Grace," which chronicles the beliefs of Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church, Kip Haaheim wanted the tunes to stay out of the way. "It's a supporting player in the scope of the film," Haaheim says. Haaheim, a Kansas University associate professor, was hired by student K. Ryan Jones to write the documentary's score. The film is airing on the Showtime networks this month, and it should be available through the Netflix service early next year. This week's Pulse Podcast takes a look at how Haaheim went about creating the music, and what role he hopes it plays in the movie.

Kip Haaheim, an associate professor of music at Kansas University, has produced a score for the documentary "Fall from Grace."

Kip Haaheim, an associate professor of music at Kansas University, has produced a score for the documentary "Fall from Grace."

When it came to writing music for the documentary "Fall from Grace," which chronicles the beliefs of Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church, Kip Haaheim wanted the tunes to stay out of the way.

"It's a supporting player in the scope of the film," Haaheim says.

Haaheim, a Kansas University professor, was hired by student filmmaker K. Ryan Jones to write the documentary's score. The film is airing on the Showtime networks this month, and it should be available through the Netflix service early next year.

This week's Pulse Podcast takes a look at how Haaheim went about creating the music, and what role he hopes it plays in the movie.

Haaheim says he watched the film many times before starting to write the score.

He hoped to capture the moods of different scenes, while sticking to a tight budget. In the end, the music involved only six instruments: flute, French horn, violin, piano, bass and guitar.

Percussion for the music was provided by recorded noises made using a Bible, Haaheim says, including tapping it and turning pages.

This was the first documentary score Haaheim has written. He says his interest in writing for a major Hollywood film would just depend on the movie.

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