Exclusive Interview: Birth of the Dragon composers H. Scott Salinas and Reza Safinia discuss the film’s score

George Nolfi’s Birth of the Dragon hit theaters this past weekend and presented moviegoers with a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. The film was inspired from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man. Contributing to the modernization of the story was the film’s score by composers H. Scott Salinas and Reza Safinia, whom experimented with everything from rock & roll sounds to Chinese and western flutes. We decided to speak with Reza and Scott and hear a little more about their process for creating the film’s score.

Birth of the Dragon takes place in the 60s. Was there a conscious effort to match the time period with the sound of the score?

Scott: We started down that path in the beginning and realized it didn’t really make sense because

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