Yearly Archives: 2007

Jeff Bond has a nice feature article in the Hollywood Reporter on the increasing number of collaborations in film scores in recent years. It seems that technology is making it easier for composers to pass tracks back and forth on their Macs. Says Andrew Gross, who collaborated with John King (of Dust Brothers fame) for “Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny”:

When we work together, we both use Apple’s Logic Pro. Even though he’s in New York and I’m in L.A., it’s very simple. We can transfer our files to each other over the Internet and then double click on the session, and we’re off and running. I can immediately open his files and start tweaking.

Guess I better switch from Digital Performer to Logic Audio and soon.

However not everyone loves collaborating. Says James Newton Howard, on doing “Batman Begins” with Hans Zimmer:

In most multiple composer situations, you find it because someone got nervous about the music and insisted that somebody else come in and help. ‘Batman’ could have been a disaster, but the kind of schizophrenic nature of Bruce Wayne and the Batman character lent itself to a wide interpretation musically. And even though we did collaborate on almost every cue, there are areas I worked on more than Hans and areas Hans worked on more than I did. I think we’ll repeat it hopefully many times in the future, but overall, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t feel hemmed in and restricted by having to compromise with another composer

Well, I love the “Batman Begins” soundtrack, and I don’t think it sounds schizophrenic at all.

Anyway, the good news is if every film has 2 composers, there will be twice as much work out there! 😉 Read the whole thing.

Posted 11 years ago by John Piscitello

Well it’s not quite like it’s a trend or anything…it’s just that Disney’s “High School Musical” has been such a big seller this year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. From Variety :

Disney’s “High School Musical” soundtrack was 2006’s top seller at 3.7 million units — the lowest total for the year’s chart-topper in the 15 years SoundScan has been keeping sales figures.

“High School Musical” is the first soundtrack to become the No. 1 album since “Titanic” sold 9.3 million copies in 2002, a feat that should have Disney — an indie in the recorded music field — smiling. But it should concern the rest of the business that no major label act could beat a TV soundtrack aimed at tweens.

I guess if you want to sell records you should go for the kid market. I guess we should expect more kid-friendly DVD musicals from Disney and Nickelodean this coming year.

Another notable stat is that digital music was 5.5% of all music sales in 2006 (though I’m moving back towards buying CDs, because I don’t like not having the backup media available…)

Posted 11 years ago by John Piscitello

We’re planning our transportation tonight for the New Year, about to get going…deciding whether cabs or parking are more of a hassle…and I’m impressed that Yelp has reviews of cab companies and parking garages.
Anyway, people don’t like Yellow Cab

But they like parking under Union Square

Happy New Year!

Posted 11 years ago by John Piscitello