The Stepford Wives

Dan Audio Projects, Graphic Design

It’s hard to believe that David Arnold’s score to The Stepford Wives never saw the light of day as a soundtrack album.  Sure it wasn’t the hit film they wanted it to be, but in 2004, there were plenty of other films that under-performed at the box office and still had score albums. In any case, releasing the soundtrack was always on my list of titles at Paramount, and when it finally came up in the schedule, I was thrilled that it …

Independence Day

Dan Audio Projects

I had the extreme pleasure earlier this year of writing the liner notes for an expanded soundtrack release to one of the biggest hits of the 1990s, Independence Day. Releasing later today by La-La Land Records, I researched the film, and interviewed composer David Arnold, producer Dean Devlin, and scoring mixer Dennis Sands. (Sadly, director Roland Emmerich was out of the country and unable to get back to me in time.) The album itself is pretty kick-ass, and I’m excited …

Final Panel at the TEA

Dan Spain (2009)

After getting all cleaned up, we took a taxi to the TEA for the final panel, which was supposed to be “Agents and Composers”.  However, Vas Vangelos had to leave town, Clint Mansell had already gone, Joel McNeely was ill and wasn’t attending the Fimucite conference at all, and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek was down in his hotel room writing music for his current film project.  So, David Arnold – who wasn’t even part of the conference – was convinced to …

Hanging at the TEA / Dinner at La Hierbita

Dan Spain (2009)

After the radio interview finally ended, Melinda and I headed back with Ana to the TEA where the composer panels had been going on.  We ended up hanging with a bunch of folks down in the Library Cafe, chatting with Clint Mansell, David Arnold, John Ottman, Ray Costa, Robert Messinger, Vasi Vangelos, and others. At around 8:30pm, before the last panel had finished, a bunch of us were getting peckish, so we went with Pedro to one of his favorite …

Quantum of Solace

Dan Movie Reviews

2006 brought us a reboot of the James Bond franchise. Surpassing most expectations, Casino Royale was a surprise at how exciting it made a game of poker, but also helped to bring Bond back to basics, and through Daniel Craig, show us how Bond became the Bond that we all know.  The next Bond film, Quantum of Solace, would be the first Bond film to pick up where the previous one had left off.  At the end of Casino Royale, …