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 …

Jade / Batman Returns

Dan Audio Projects

Today is Black Friday, and La-La Land Records has announced their “final four” releases of the year. It’s quite a grand-slam: Jade (James Horner), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Jerry Goldsmith), Batman Returns (Danny Elfman) and Home Alone (John Williams).  I produced Jade and co-produced Batman Returns, and both were fun projects to work on. The tricky thing with Jade was that at any time, supposedly Horner could have pulled the plug or taken over the project – thankfully, …

Announcing the La-La Land Comic-Con Titles, and More!

Dan Audio Projects, Spain (2010)

After a nice Spanish breakfast at the hotel, I walked to the Hospital de Santiago, where most of the festivities would be taking place.  10am saw the Jamie Christopherson panel, after which a press conference was held with the mayor of Ubeda, as well as the festival organizers, to kick off the start of the festival.  Spanish composer Zacarías M. de la Riva held his panel, and then it was time for mine. My panel was about the work I’ve …

Avatar

Dan Movie Reviews

A military man in a far-off land forges a relationship with the natives, falls in love with one of them, sympathizes with them, and ends up leading an uprising against his own people who seek to exploit the natural resources of the land.  No, I’m not talking about Pocahontas or Dances with Wolves. I’m talking about Avatar, the first feature film in 13 years from Oscar-winning director James Cameron, following 1997’s Titanic.  Set in 2154, humans have colonized space, and …

Alien Saga Concert / Jerry Goldsmith Tribute Concert

Dan Spain (2009)

The concert this evening was a double-header. The first half was a celebration of music from the Alien film series, and the second was a tribute to Jerry Goldsmith in honor of what would have been his 80th birthday. Conducted by Diego Navarro, music from Alien was preformed, as imagery was projected on screen (it was not meant to be live-to-picture sync, however).  Goldsmith’s score to Alien is iconic, creepy and brilliant – and hearing it performed live was bone-chillingly …