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It was 2003 when his score for Bodysong was released, when the world realised the hunched-over silent one in Radiohead who played guitar like he was trying to strangle it to death was actually a rather good composer in his own right. Jonny Greenwood’s influence on the band’s sound was always more polychromatic than just the sound that he chokes out of his six-stringed instrument. The multi-instrumentalist’s beloved ondes Martenot (an early electronic musical instrument that sounds like a theremin) was key to the atmosphere and colour of albums like Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail to The Thief and the band’s subsequent work.

After a stint as the composer in residence to the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2004 and 2005 where he composed smear, Piano for Children and Popcorn Superhet Receiver, Greenwood embarked on his most successful score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood in 2007. The score was widely credited as a key attraction to the film and it would probably have won an Oscar had some of the music not been reworked from Popcorn Superhet Receiver.

Since then, and in the four year gap between In Rainbows and The King Of Limbs, Greenwood has immersed himself more and more into solo composition work including 2010′s Doghouse, a piece that will be performed live during The Reich Effect with conductor Robert Ziegler in City Hall on Friday July 29th by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra alongside works by Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Rós, Nico Muhly and Steve Reich himself.