A week ago, I received a new pass at a track from my composer's Noah and Josh Lit. I had heard the rough mix of the song already, but they had been pouring a ton of work into the mix and layering in all of the instruments and was waiting to hear the next incarnation. Traditionally, film scores are done in one or two ways. The first and classic way is for a composer and an orchestra to sit and record the music in front a of a large projection of the film with the composer/conductor guiding them through the composition. The more modern and indie-popular way of scoring is done by a musician in his bedroom with a synthesizer. I've loved examples of both types of scores, but always assumed that my small film wouldn't have much of a say in how fleshed out my score would be. Luckily, I feel like I am getting the best of both worlds.
Within the constraints of this small operation, Noah and Josh have been writing and recording some amazing stuff and squeezing so much quality into every tune. This latest track, for instance, took little longer to receive because Noah had been sending the track across the country to various other musicians to record their respective parts in the song - a violin here, a clarinet there, and even the director driving over to Echo Park to sing three tracks of his own voice into the mix. All kinds of instruments and voices from all over were convening at the synthesized and acoustic hub of Noah and Josh Lit's house-turned-studio for a big bang of music. The results so far have been very very cool.
I got the new track last week via email and I immediately laid it down under the most climactic scene in the film. I cued it up, put on my headphones, and watched. It was sort of like seeing the scene for the first time. The tune itself was beautiful and the orchestration and arrangement was tailored to the action perfectly. I liked it so much, I put it on my iPod and have been listening to it in my car as I get lost driving in Los Angeles (daily).
This track is actually just a bigger variation on the main theme for the film. The tone is at once funny, sad, odd, dark, and uplifting-- certainly unlike anything I've heard in a film. Can't wait to share it with the world!