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‘First Man’ composer Justin Hurwitz on setting Neil Armstrong’s otherworldly journey to music

How can a movie capture an experience that everyone in the world has heard about, but only an extremely privileged few will ever get to have firsthand?  Well, for starters, it’s got to have the right music. That’s the task composer Justin Hurwitz faced when he signed up for First Man, director Damien Chazelle’s telling of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon. But while reading Josh Singer’s script, Hurwitz was most struck by how alienating the trip must have been for Armstrong. “I really responded to this idea in the…

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