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Gustavo Santaolalla's acoustic minimalism / Guitar World

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Gustavo Santaolalla (pronounced: San-ta-oh-lie-uh) is one of a handful of accomplished guitarists whose career began by playing in rock bands before "stumbling" into a career as a film composer. (Others include Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Incubus' Mike Einziger, Ry Cooder, Jon Brion, Heitor Pereira, Alan Silvestri and John Debney.) What separates Santaolalla from his peers (with the exception of Cooder), however, is that he prominently features the guitar-along with ronroco, charango and other "guitar-like" instruments-in virtually all of his scores, perhaps his most famous being Brokeback Mountain and Babel, each of which earned Santaolalla an Academy Award for Best Original Score.