According to the Guild of Music Supervisors, the job traditionally includes "locating, securing and overseeing music-related talent. . . to meet the needs of a project's director." But an insider's account of the profession reveals a much sexier and ambitious role, one that has sent Grammy-winner Randall Poster‚ Wes Anderson's right-hand man since 1992‚ as far afield as the Asian subcontinent. Take, for example, his first-hand account of compiling The Darjeeling Limited's score in the mid-00's: "Wes knew that he wanted to use music from the films of [Indian filmmaker] Satyajit Ray. And that forced me to travel to Calcutta to try and find these recordings, because it wasn't like you could go to Tower Records — there still was a Tower Records at that point — and buy all the great Indian film scores."
Later this year, to celebrate their 22-year partnership, ABKCO Records will release a box set of the duo's 10 soundtracks, including Seu Jorge's underground favorite The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions. (The company also just released the soundtrack to Anderson's eighth film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, on March 3rd.) "It's really been quite an adventure," says Poster of his work alongside Anderson. "Both of us really relish that." Now, with Anderson's latest feature opening on March 7th, Poster shares his seven favorite pairings from his friend's filmography. By Blaine McEvoy