Monthly Archives: October 2010

Contractor’s Routine has added scenes since its festival showing in April. Tom Sizemore has been added to the cast. The new cut is nearly finished, and I’ve scored a new trailer for the film My favorite line is the opening one: “It’s not enough to be a genius…to be a genius you have to practice.”

This trailer music is a very amped-up version of the music actually in the film. I use parallel minor and major chords in the first section, then move to common-tone chord modulations. The final chord of the trailer is a “major-minor” chord, meaning that it has both the major and minor third sounding simultaneously. For the trailer, I added lots of rhythm and lots of drama to try and tell the film’s story in under 2 minutes.

Posted 7 years ago by John Piscitello
I’ve done music for “The Slap” by Bay Area writer-director Jamie Campbell. A governor gets caught in a sex scandal. It involves a mistress, a hotel room, a hidden camera, and a slap. Think of it as Patton meets Desperate Housewives.The short manages several twists and surprises in its 9-minute running time. And we even had time for a couple of soundtrack cuts from Andy Allo, who provided music to get the governor and his mistress, ahem, into the mood. But seriously, she’s got great stuff, check her out.

Here’s a sample of music from The Slap, 3 back-to-back cues which open the film.

We start with “breaking news” scandal music, which ends with the actual slap sound effect used in the film.

Next we segue to a political event where the Governor is speechifying. For his political image, I give the Governor a stately chorale of strings and horns.

The third part is when the Governor starts scanning the audience for beautiful women. The music is  meant for a lovable rogue, using lots of small percussion to suggest the Governor’s mind is tingling as wheels are turning in his head.

Say hello if you make it to the Scary Cow screening (starts at 3pm, by the way. 2 hours of movies, then a dinner break, then 2 more hours of movies, then a party).

Til then, here are some Desperate Housewives slaps (am I crazy, or do they use the exact same sound effect for every one of these scenes???)

And here’s the Patton slap:

Posted 7 years ago by John Piscitello

I’ve been doing some work on a trailer, and it led to me doing some work on dialogue editing. This was basically getting the dozen or so lines from the movie that appear in the trailer to sound like they match each other. This can entail a lot of processing and editing. After playing with Izotope cleanup tools, I decided to see if I could clean up a recent recording.

At the EAMA 2010 program in Paris the chorale performed my Kyrie choral piece. We didn’t have a pro recording setup at the concert, so I came away with a recording from a $250 handheld digital recorder. The recording has hiss, low levels, audience noise, page turns, keys shaking, and the microphone gets battered a few times.

Removing background noises is the trickiest part, and is definitely a task for the patient, and experienced.  Still, it’s not hard to make a bad recording quite listenable (though it will never get to the level of a professional recording).

Here are the results.

A short phrase from the Kyrie – before cleanup.
The same short phrase from the Kyrie –

after cleanup.

You can hear that I made good progress on hiss and levels, but this section had a few background noises that I wasn’t able to fully mitigate.

Here’s the complete Kyrie. I’ll have to get this performed again and get a nice recording.

Posted 7 years ago by John Piscitello