Skywalker Session / Frontoio / More Night Photos

Dan Bay Area

Woke up at 7:20am, and after getting some stuff done, headed downstairs for breakfast.  The coffee machine was enticing me with its brew, and the photo speaks for itself. The weather outside was absolutely amazing – not a cloud in the sky, beautifully clear and crisp – it was in the high 60s. The scoring session went pretty well – three hours of strings, and then three hours of brass after lunch.  More on that in a year or so …

Second Day of Scoring in Nashville

Dan Nashville (2009)

After breakfast, we all headed back to Ocean Way Nashville, and had a very successful string session for the “Nimitz” project.  There was even a bit of time left over before the end of the session, so some wild tracks were recorded with string effects. I even got a chance to make a suggestion or two – we’ll see if any of them get used! (They sounded pretty cool though!) Lunch was southern country food that was catered: beef brisket, …

First Day of Scoring in Nashville

Dan Nashville (2009)

I woke up before the alarm went off at 6:30, but finally got up around then. Met up with Phil and Justin for the Continental Breakfast down in the hotel lobby at 7:15am (I had a small sampling of grits – I think that’s all I need!), and Penka joined us a little after that.  Then we drove over to the Ocean Way Nashville studios.  I’m attending the recording session for Justin’s score to a walkthrough exhibit on Admiral Nimitz, for …

Session Mania

Dan Showbiz

After nearly a month of no scoring sessions, I’ve suddenly found myself at a whole slew of them this week.  Saturday was Rolfe Kent’s Up in the Air; Monday was the aforementioned “King of the Hill” finale; Tuesday and Wednesday were Debbie Lurie’s Dear John; Thursday was A.R. Rahman’s Couples Retreat and Alan Silvestri’s A Christmas Carol; and finally tonight was Brian Tyler’s Law Abiding Citizen.  Next week I believe I’ll be popping by Danny Elfman’s The Wolf  Man, and …

A Visit to the Skywalker Ranch

Dan Showbiz, Travel

This was a very long – but great – day.  Added a photo gallery to the bottom of this post, for your enjoyment.  Went to bed really late, and yet I still managed to drag myself out of bed at 5:30am so that I could head up to the Burbank Airport.  Got there a little earlier than planned, so I stopped in to Starbucks for some caffeinated goodness.  At 7:30, I met up with Ray (the publicist) and then everyone …

The Cover of Daily Variety *UPDATED*

Dan Showbiz

Two photos that I took at the scoring session for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button were licensed by Daily Variety for their Film and TV Music issue.  Yes, I got credit (and a link to the website) – but what I didn’t realize was that not only did they use the two photographs in the article about the film, but they also used on of them – very largely – on the front cover of the magazine!  I’ll get …

Photo Book Vol. 2

Dan Showbiz

I need to start putting together the second volume of my “Scoring in Los Angeles” photo book, for the RMA.  The tricky part will be, as before, to figure out which photos to use.  I just have waaay too many of them.  But I want to use as many candids of the musicians as possible.  Something to show their personalities and/or situations that they deal with.  Here’s a photo I took at a recent session that I really like – …

Alpha Protocol

Dan Seattle

Today was the scoring sessions for Alpha Protocol, a new videogame coming out sometime next year. It’s a spy-oriented RPG, and the music for the game was composed by Jason Graves (whose website I created) and Rod Abernathy, with a main title composed by BT.  It was a four-hour session, with the first three hours to record the orchestral elements (approx 18 min.) of the music, with the last hour for BT to record his main title.  The chapel at …