I am just beginning to write a new film score for a film by director David Helman entitled “Hit The Lights” about a future earth so polluted that nobody has seen stars in 2 generations. The film score will be acoustic but ethereal.
Composer Stewart Copeland’s score for percussion ensemble D’Drum and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is now finished. I helped him prepare the 514 pages of manuscript over the last few months, acting as score editor and music engraver, and today it was sent to publisher G. Schirmer for printing. The premiere will be conducted by Jaap van Zweden.
I was on set today with director Robert Rollins for our next project “The Magic Hourglass”, a fantasy/adventure film. I will start composing the film score in early 2011.
A new set of studio photos. I love my work space! Photos by Obie Obien.
Over the last four days I hosted one continuous, epic recording session at my studio with artist Austin Bustad. I am producing his next album, which will be my third project with him. We’re now totally done tracking guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Overdubs will begin next week.
Richard Egizi is a wonderful composer who writes truly beautiful melodies and harmony. I’ve just completed the music preparation of manuscripts for his orchestral piece “Le quattro fasi di sesso femminile”, which will be played by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra in late September. I have been Richard’s music copyist on four projects now, and he has always been a real pleasure to work with.
Ever the do-it-yourself creative type, I recently built more top-notch microphone preamps for my studio. This is a matched stereo pair of Class A tube preamps. Depending on the gain settings they go from clean and warm to highly colored and a little gritty. They will be a useful addition to the studio, and because of the tubes they double as a little space heater too. These kits are from Scott Hampton at Hamptone.
“Every Other Week” is a wonderful short children’s film by director Genevieve McCarty which I scored. The film just had a very successful screening at the San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival. We had a Q&A afterwards, and it was a unique chance for the kids to talk to a film composer. They were fascinated with the idea of composing music specifically to tell stories in film.