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.