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Recording the Pirates Score

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Recording the Pirates Score   Thursday, June 24, 2004 (5:12 p.m.) 

I would just like to add that, as someone who actually performed in the orchestra for Pirates (and happened to find this web page by accident), that not only was it recorded so last minute it had to be done in multiple studios (including Fox, Todd AO, and Warner Bros) -- but one week before it was to premiere at Disneyland, we still had more music to record, and were still recording! This is incredibly last minute, and while whether you like the score or not is a matter of personal taste, I was personally amazed at how a project this size with almost no time alloted to it after all the changes, managed to get done. The composers and orchestrators (and there were a bunch of them) managed it somehow, and were pleasant and upbeat during the sessions, even making jokes about the use of French Horns in Bruckheimer scores.


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Re: Recording the Pirates Score   Thursday, July 22, 2004 (11:14 p.m.) 

WOW!!! (Drop-dead amazement)

That is totally cool!!! I can't believe that you pulled it off like that. The outcome was amazing, I think. THANKS!!! I am a teenager and after hearing the recording and seeing the movie, ect., I have really wanted to play for Disney as a career. The "classical" (?) music has so much depth to it and is way cool. I have to ask. Have you ever gotten to work with Hans Zimmer 'cause he writes the best stuff out there for movies. (Listened to Lion King, Spirit: SotS, ect.?) Although I have to admit that after awile the songs became repetitive, but having gotten a chance to play it in so many settings and realizing that all of the music is too cool to criticize, I have REALLY, REALLY, REALLY enjoyed the music. Also, gotta know, just to kill two birds with one stone, did you get to meet with anybody who got to star in the film(Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom?) Anyway, wish I was there.

Thanks again for your talent!!!

P.S. Is the music recorded in Burbank, or in Anaheim, near DL?

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Pirates Recording, Misc Info   Tuesday, July 27, 2004 (12:59 a.m.) 

Glad you liked the music. I had nothing to do with its composition.. just played on it. The composer (and colleagues) will always be there for the recording sessions. One can't play for Disney as a career. The days of the studios having their own orchestras are long gone (you're talking 50+ years ago). Now we're more like free agents that bounce around. One day it could be recording for Disney, another day for a Warner Bros movie. And another day someone else will be playing instead of you. As far as meeting the stars.. not usually. Most of the time they'll only be there if they're involved in the production (producer or director as well, for instance). So Kevin Costner would be there if he directed a movie, but if he was only the star, probably not. As far as where the music is recorded, in the general LA area there are dozens and dozens of small studios, and a handful of really big ones (the big ones are used when you need a full orchestra). Again, it's quite free as to where it will be recorded. A Paramount film might be recorded at Warner Bros even though Paramount has its own scoring stage. Depends on availability and sometimes what stage a particular composer/producer likes, etc. The big ones are Fox, Warner Bros, Todd AO, Paramount and Sony (the old MGM lot). Disney doesn't have a scoring stage, so they rent out others. Universal doesn't either. Warner Bros was going to turn their scoring stage into a parking garage until Clint Eastwood fought to keep it a scoring stage.. now it's the Clint Eastwood Scoring stage. Todd AO (largest stage) has the best refreshments for the musicians and likes to dim the lights during recordings. The inside of Sony looks like a meat locker, but has great sound (plus a man's shirt hanging from the ceiling). If you like music go study it. Even if you become a computer technician or politician, you'll still be glad you got some music education. Life's not all NFL you know.

> WOW!!! (Drop-dead amazement)

> That is totally cool!!! I can't believe that you pulled it off like that.
> The outcome was amazing, I think. THANKS!!! I am a teenager and after
> hearing the recording and seeing the movie, ect., I have really wanted to
> play for Disney as a career. The "classical" (?) music has so
> much depth to it and is way cool. I have to ask. Have you ever gotten to
> work with Hans Zimmer 'cause he writes the best stuff out there for
> movies. (Listened to Lion King, Spirit: SotS, ect.?) Although I have to
> admit that after awile the songs became repetitive, but having gotten a
> chance to play it in so many settings and realizing that all of the music
> is too cool to criticize, I have REALLY, REALLY, REALLY enjoyed the music.
> Also, gotta know, just to kill two birds with one stone, did you get to
> meet with anybody who got to star in the film(Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom?)
> Anyway, wish I was there.

> Thanks again for your talent!!!

> P.S. Is the music recorded in Burbank, or in Anaheim, near DL?


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Re: Pirates Recording, Misc Info   Sunday, August 8, 2004 (9:45 p.m.) 

Thank you soooooo much for telling me this stuff! Thanks for puting in the extra effort for letting me know about the way recording works, cause I'm pretty serious about looking into that or symphony. It all sounds so cool. As you can tell, I was pretty dim on how it all worked cause it was all set in my mind that companies had their own studio, orchestra, ect. Keep up the good work!
Thanks, for all the info!

> Glad you liked the music. I had nothing to do with its composition.. just
> played on it. The composer (and colleagues) will always be there for the
> recording sessions. One can't play for Disney as a career. The days of the
> studios having their own orchestras are long gone (you're talking 50+
> years ago). Now we're more like free agents that bounce around. One day it
> could be recording for Disney, another day for a Warner Bros movie. And
> another day someone else will be playing instead of you. As far as meeting
> the stars.. not usually. Most of the time they'll only be there if they're
> involved in the production (producer or director as well, for instance).
> So Kevin Costner would be there if he directed a movie, but if he was only
> the star, probably not. As far as where the music is recorded, in the
> general LA area there are dozens and dozens of small studios, and a
> handful of really big ones (the big ones are used when you need a full
> orchestra). Again, it's quite free as to where it will be recorded. A
> Paramount film might be recorded at Warner Bros even though Paramount has
> its own scoring stage. Depends on availability and sometimes what stage a
> particular composer/producer likes, etc. The big ones are Fox, Warner
> Bros, Todd AO, Paramount and Sony (the old MGM lot). Disney doesn't have a
> scoring stage, so they rent out others. Universal doesn't either. Warner
> Bros was going to turn their scoring stage into a parking garage until
> Clint Eastwood fought to keep it a scoring stage.. now it's the Clint
> Eastwood Scoring stage. Todd AO (largest stage) has the best refreshments
> for the musicians and likes to dim the lights during recordings. The
> inside of Sony looks like a meat locker, but has great sound (plus a man's
> shirt hanging from the ceiling). If you like music go study it. Even if
> you become a computer technician or politician, you'll still be glad you
> got some music education. Life's not all NFL you know.


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Re: Pirates Recording, Misc Info   Tuesday, August 10, 2004 (10:34 a.m.) 

No problem. Hey, just remember us musicians everytime you go to a movie! We don't get name credit on the movie (even though people like van driver and caterer do). Anyway, no problem.

> Thank you soooooo much for telling me this stuff! Thanks for puting in the
> extra effort for letting me know about the way recording works, cause I'm
> pretty serious about looking into that or symphony. It all sounds so cool.
> As you can tell, I was pretty dim on how it all worked cause it was all
> set in my mind that companies had their own studio, orchestra, ect. Keep
> up the good work!
Thanks, for all the info!


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