Thursday May 23,
THE SCORE TAKES SHAPE
composer, Joel Goodman, and I have met several times to discuss the
score. The first meetings were very general; the last were all about
fine tuning the cues we had agreed on. The final step in the process
was recording the music with live instruments. This is possible on our
budget for two reasons: 1. Joel is not John Williams, or: we don't
have a full classical orchestra; 2. Joel is an extremely resourceful
fellow and found creative ways to stretch the meager funds allotted to
him for recording and mixing.
cost saving measure was recording the bass himself in his studio,
eliminating the cost of a musician and then need to pay for
third-party studio time. This worked so well, he also invited the
guitar player to record in his studio. The remaining instruments
(cello, shakuhatchi flute, accordion, vibes and percussion) were all
recorded later in the week at Back Pocket studios on 20th Street.
always think we can get away with an electronic score, but by the time
Joel records all the different instruments and mixes the music I am
always glad we recorded live. Even with the very sophisticated and
real-sounding samples Joel works with, there is nothing like the
actual instruments played by real human beings.
of the musical elements are coming together nicely, and just in time
for the sound mix.
- Joseph Pierson
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