The Robe

Dan Graphic Design

When I was tasked with doing the art direction for the soundtrack to a Golden Age film, I wanted to go as clean and elegant as I could, befitting the source material.  Alfred Newman’s score to The Robe is a gorgeous one, and as the film was a period epic (and the first CinemaScope film), I wanted to lay out the booklet as though it were an LP from the era.  That meant adjusting the key art for the cover to …

Jennifer 8

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

My latest album project is music from the 1992 psychological thriller, Jennifer 8.  The original score by Christopher Young is one of his most beautiful and haunting ones, and had been released previously by Milan Records at the time of the film’s release.  For this new album, we let Chris “re-visit” the score, and put together a new assembly that is similar in some areas to the Milan release, but different in others.  Additionally, we have a second disc of …

A Walk in the Clouds

Dan Graphic Design

The La-La Land Records expanded release of Maurice Jarre’s score to A Walk in the Clouds marked the first time that I had been asked to do the art direction for an album that I had nothing else to do with (as a producer or writer).  I had not seen the film, or even heard the original album, but I knew that it was a romantic film, and so I figured it would be good to go ahead and create an …

Batman Forever

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Today La-La Land Records released the third expanded release in the Batman film series that started in 1989, and ended quite horribly with 1997’s Batman & Robin.  Elliot Goldenthal’s score for Batman Forever is a tour-de-force of musical bombast, thematic expressionism and orchestral fury. In short, it’s bizarre and awesome and I love it.  Working on this one was a thrill in that I not only got to co-produce the score with Neil S. Bulk and MV Gerhard, but I got to do the …

Fat Man and Little Boy

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Another album that was just released from La-La Land Records as part of their end-of-the-year package is Ennio Morricone’s score for 1989’s Fat Man and Little Boy.  Directed by Roland Joffe, the film was the next collaboration the two worked on after The Mission, and is a highly underrated dramatic retelling about the story of Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project. In the film, it seemed like there wasn’t much music – so it was a pleasant surprise to find that …

Scrooged

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

‘Tis the season! Indeed, one of the most sought-after Danny Elfman scores will finally be released for the holidays: 1988’s comedy Scrooged.  This modern retelling of the classic Dickens tale featured one of Elfman’s earlier scores, and aside from an 8-minute long suite on his “Music for a Darkened Theater” compilation, it was never released – until now. Working with a variety of elements, we pulled the whole thing together and created an album with the score and a bunch …

Trading Places

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

Elmer Bernstein’s score to Trading Places is the latest album I produced for La-La Land Records.  This classically inspired score features all the underscore that Bernstein wrote, as well as source cues and his arrangements of Christmas tunes. It also marks the first time I have done art direction for La-La Land Records.  The challenge (for me) was in figuring out how best to lay out the 24-page booklet with a nice flow and design scheme; I think I succeeded! La-La Land …