With his whimsical, melancholy music, Yann Tiersen has become a sought-after composer, not only for his soundtrack work, but in his own right. Borrowing from French folk music, chanson, musette waltz, and street music, as well as rock, avant-garde, and classical and minimalist influences, Tiersens deceptively simple style has been likened to Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman. Tiersen gained worldwide acclaim for his score to Jean-Pierre Jeunets Amlie, and Wolfgang Beckers German tragicomedy, Goodbye Lenin! Tiersens influences are rooted in punk taking cues from his idols Nirvana, The Cramps, Joy Division, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. When asked to discuss his esthetic, Yann Tiersen describes it perfectly, Lets live in an enormous world of sound we can use randomly, with no rules at all. Lets play with sound, forget all knowledge and instrumental skills, and just use instinct.