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 …

The Warriors

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

“Warriors! Come out to plaayyyaayyy!!”  I’m thrilled to have been involved with The Warriors.  The 1979 cult classic from director Walter Hill was on my “wish list” when we first went to Paramount back in 2009, and now – in association with Universal Special Markets – I’m delighted to say that the album is out, and is everything I hoped it would be.  Watching the film, one gets a sense that Barry DeVorzon’s score was short – approximately 20 minutes – …

Turbulence

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Shirley Walker was the nicest lady I ever had the good fortune to meet in Hollywood.  She was always smiling, and reminded me of “grandmother” from the fairy tales – she looked like she could bake the best cookies, and was always so warm and kind to everyone she encountered.  But beneath her matronly demeanor was a darkness that would come out in her music.  She wrote the most ballsy, masculine, orchestral action music heard in Hollywood in the late …

Patriot Games

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Working on a score like Patriot Games took me back to my high school years, and my memories of when I first saw the film .I remember being disappointed that Basil Poledouris and Alec Baldwin didn’t return to the Jack Ryan sequel to The Hunt for Red October, but found Horner’s Irish-infused score enjoyable in its own right. There was only about 45-minutes of score released originally, and this new expanded album doubles that (including bonus tracks) to 90-minutes.  Highlights include the …

Evil Dead

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

I hadn’t intended on doing two horror scores back-to-back, but the first album to come right after The Hole was Roque Baños’ amazing score to Evil Dead.  We had heard a few sound clips from Roque’s score a few months back, and were blown away. Not only was it a genuinely scary score, but it had themes, full orchestra, choir, and a siren. Yes, an actual air raid siren was used in the score.  I had to be involved with this …

The Hole

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Back in September of 2012, I was speaking with Oscar-nominated composer Javier Navarrete about his work on the Joe Dante film, The Hole. The film was done way back in 2009, but wasn’t getting any kind of release until October 2012 – and apparently there was no soundtrack album planned! So, working with La-La Land Records, we jumped at the chance to work (once more) with Joe Dante, and get an album release for The Hole.  It wouldn’t come out in time …

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Dan Audio Projects

Much like Jack Reacher, the soundtrack release of Atli Örvarsson’s score to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters marks  the second time that La-La Land Records released the physical album for a current Paramount film.  My involvement on this project was pretty much the same, helping coordinate things between the label and Paramount, and giving feedback where necessary. Ultimately, the album that you hear is all Atli’s doing, and it’s one kick-ass score.  The film looks to be a fun ride, and the …

The Relic

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

John Debney’s score to The Relic was a thrilling one, using orchestral effects and creepy writing to create tension and dread.  I remember really enjoying the music in the film back when it came out in 1997, but was disappointed that there was no soundtrack release.  Eventually a score promo came out, and while it was satisfying, it still wasn’t enough.  So I’m very happy to have worked with La-La Land Records and Paramount Pictures to release the first official soundtrack …

Dave

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

James Newton Howard’s score to Dave was one of the best scores of the 1990s.  The main theme was used in countless film trailers, and the score was right in the middle of a very successful run for James, having scored such films as Glengarry Glen Ross, Alive, Falling Down, and afterwards he would tackle The Fugitive (gaining an Oscar nomination), Wyatt Earp, and other great scores.  So when we got the green-light to expand the soundtrack to Dave, I was thrilled at the opportunity.  We got …