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David Lynch’s Musical Collaborator Chrysta Bell Reveals What It’s Like Making Art with the Legend

Bell will appear in next year's "Twin Peaks" revival.

Chrysta Bell

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David Lynch has never exactly been media-shy, but he has proven reluctant to discuss the meaning behind his work. As a result, insights into his creative process often come from interviews with his collaborators: “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost, composer Angelo Badalamenti and, in a new Wall Street Journal interview, Chrysta Bell. “We actually established our ritual, or method of collaboration, the very first day that we met,” says Bell, who’s been working on music with Lynch since 1999. “We made a song the day that we met.”

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The two recently released an EP called “Somewhere in the Nowhere” after also working on the 2011 album “This Train” and the song “Polish Poem,” which is featured in Lynch’s 2006 film “Inland Empire.” Bell will also be appearing in next year’s “Twin Peaks” revival, which has been the subject of much speculation among ardent fans — no plot details have emerged about the show’s upcoming third season. “It’s like we’re in some secret service,” she says. “I think maybe even there’s probably government information under less lock-and-key.

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Being directed by Lynch, explains Bell, has the effect of “making you feel like you got this, like you wouldn’t be here unless it was your destiny, and your destiny is to create something that is just magnificent — and he’s just the facilitator.” Read her full interview here.

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