Dead Again

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Dead Again marked the first score by Patrick Doyle that I heard, and it instantly captivated me with it’s strong themes, classic orchestration, and choral finale.  It’s still one of my favorite Doyle scores, and when it came to light that the album rights had reverted back to Paramount, I pushed for us to explore an expanded re-issue of the soundtrack. The assets for the music originally came from a DAT source, but it was missing a handful of cues.  When transferring …

Superman Returns

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Back the spring of 2006, I had the good fortune to not only attend the scoring sessions for Bryan Singer’s quasi-sequel Superman Returns, but was able to shoot hours of video for a mini-documentary I put together for the music team. Some of my footage ended up in the “multimedia” portion of the original Rhino Records soundtrack album, but that pretty much concluded my involvement with the project – until now. Working with the audio files direct from the ProTools …

Bonnie & Clyde

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Like with Jobs, the way this project came about was one of coincidental (and good) timing. La-La Land Records had a CD signing this summer for a bunch of our composers, including John Debney who was there to sign Jobs albums. He mentioned that he had just finished up work on the anticipated miniseries Bonnie & Clyde, which would be airing simultaneously on three networks: A&E, Lifetime, and History Channel.  A PR blitz was about to begin, and so we …

Days of Thunder

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Days of Thunder features a pretty kick-ass score by Hans Zimmer, which was strangely never released.  The 1990 car racing flick features a power-anthem score with rock elements and emotional beats, and a really catchy theme, which was adapted into the song “The Last Note of Freedom”, which Zimmer wrote with Billy Idol. The audio assets for Days of Thunder came from analog tapes in the Paramount archives, which were transferred by Johnny Dee Davis at Precision AudioSonics.  I then cut …

Pet Sematary

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Elliot Goldenthal’s first studio feature film score, Pet Sematary is a haunting, and unnerving horror score.  The original soundtrack release only ran 30 minutes, and there was certainly more goodness to release.  So when we found out that the rights had, indeed, reverted back to Paramount, we seized the opportunity to grab this title and give it the deluxe treatment.  The primary source was a pristine 4-track 1/2″ analog tape, which was lovingly transferred, and then I edited the album …

Black Beauty

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Black Beauty marks my fifth Danny Elfman soundtrack album, and it’s one of his most tender, intimate and emotional scores.  The original soundtrack release was enjoyable, but there was a surprising amount of music not released.  The assembly for this project was actually finished early in 2012, but with a shifting schedule, it didn’t come to the finishing stage until later in 2013.  I don’t really have much to share about the artwork process, which was relatively straightforward, except to …

Jobs

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

While I was in Spain at the International Film Music Festival in Cordoba, publicist Ray Costa mentioned to me that John Debney had scored the Steve Jobs bio-pic starring Ashton Kutcher, and we should look into the soundtrack album.  I mentioned it to the La-La Land guys, and before I knew it, I was told that a deal had been worked out and we were doing the soundtrack!  This would mark my sixth soundtrack project for a 2013 film, following Hansel …

The Matrix Reloaded

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

I’ve known composer Don Davis for years, having first met him when I interviewed him about The Matrix in 1999, and subsequently building his website.  When The Matrix Reloaded came up as a project, I immediately jumped at the chance to work to bring this amazingly complex and awesome score to the fans. (Yea, there’s a bootleg, from Don’s 2003 promo, but it’s not the same and doesn’t sound as good.)  The big question for this project would be, however, if we …

Wyatt Earp

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Working on a score like Wyatt Earp was a rather daunting project. First, there’s the scope of the project to consider, and the complexity of the material. In this case, composer James Newton Howard had written and recorded music for two versions of the film.  Some material was longer in the extended cut of the film, and some was shorter (oddly enough).  There were also alternates to sift through, as well as some different mixes.  All told, just figuring out …

Kick-Ass 2

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

This was a fun project to be involved with. I’ve known co-composer Matthew Margeson for years, and was fortunate enough to attend the scoring sessions for Kick-Ass 2, which he co-wrote with Henry Jackman.  While at the sessions, I inquired about the score album, and that got the conversation started between La-La Land Records and the production company.  (Universal Studios was the film’s distributor, so we didn’t have to go through them.) Once a deal was struck, Matt put together a …