Roy Budd (1947-1993)
Roy Budd's British film music sound for features such as The Stone Killer (1973), The Internecine Project (1974) and Foxbat (1977) have influenced me with their mix of funky jazz and 'serious' strings. Simpler and less formal than Laurie Johnson's classy style, I like the way Budd used to integrate analogue synthesizers with his work. He died tragically-young at the age of just 46.
There's a delightful series of interviews with Euan Lloyd the well-spoken producer, talking about his working relationship with Roy Budd.