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‘Works’ #2: ‘The Sherman Brothers Songbook’

 

For this next installment in our ‘Works’ series (highlighting some of Soundworks’ favorite projects from the past), our subject is the 2009 release of ‘The Sherman Brothers Songbook’.

The ‘Songbook’ was released as an audio companion to the documentary, ‘The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story’, which covered the lives and work of the legendary songwriting duo. The brothers are responsible for composing some of the most well-loved and globally recognized songs of the twentieth century – notably, the work resulting from their tenure with the Walt Disney Studios.

 

Producer Randy Thornton and Engineer Jeff Sheridan worked together to compile, restore, and remaster the track selection for the 2-disc compilation – including a handful of songs which saw their first-ever CD issue. Audio restoration and final mastering was overseen by Richard Sherman himself. As usual, Soundworks utilized the power of Magix’ Sequoia digital mastering system to tastefully bring the sound of the tracks into the 21st century (to Sherman’s specifications), with assistance from Audionamix plug-ins.

 

In the following clip from “The Boys”, Richard Sherman recalls the experience of writing (the now iconic) music for the Disneyland theme-park attractions.

 

In a September 2009 interview with MouseClubhouse.com, producer Randy Thornton details some of the behind-the-scenes work that went into creating the project, as well as the personal connections he had with the material. The interview can be read here.

 

(Engineer Jeff Sheridan with Richard Sherman in Soundworks’ Studio A)


‘Works’ (The ‘Best Of’ Soundworks) #1: ‘A Musical History of Disneyland’

Welcome to ‘Works’ (Volume 1), the first installment in what will be a series of posts highlighting some our our favorite projects from the past.

First up , we have “A Musical History Of Disneyland“, a 6-CD box set that looks back on 50 years of music and sounds from the world famous theme park. Back in 2004-2005, Producer Randy Thornton and Engineer Jeff Sheridan went about the monumental task of sifting through 50 years of archival audio materials from the Disney vault. They compiled, restored, mixed and mastered these nuggets of Disney history, for the listening-pleasure of Disneyland fans worldwide. The resulting product is the definitive audio document of the park, it’s rides, music and history. The set is a testament to the powerful sentiment conjured by 50 years of memories.

Upon release of the set, Mix Magazine interviewed Randy and Jeff regarding the behind-the-scenes process that went into producing the set. You can check out the article here.

 

And lastly, have a look at this videoclip of Walt’s 1955 opening-day dedication speech – the audio of which, is the first track on the set.

 

 

So, that is all for this first entry of ‘Works’. Check back often for additional Soundworks lore.


2010 Recap

To get things started, here is a (relatively) quick rundown of 2010 Soundworks highlights. Feel free to follow the links for more info.

 

On the animation front, we continued recording dialogue and ADR for Seasons 1 & 2 of Nickelodeon’s “Bubble  Guppies”, dialogue and ADR recording for Season 2 of the hit show “Olivia”, dialogue and music (vocal) recording for Warner Bros.’ upcoming feature-length “Tom & Jerry Meet the Wizard of Oz”, dialogue recording and post-production mixing for the pilot episode of Disney’s upcoming “Oki’s Oasis” (featuring Mandy Moore), and dialogue recording for new episodes of the hit show “Handy Manny”.

 

Continuing our long-standing relationship with Walt Disney Records, Soundworks put it’s stamp on many Disney releases in 2010. Jeff was busy remastering and restoring a handful of classics – notably, the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack, released to coincide with the Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD. We also continued our work recording, mixing and mastering for the Disney Karaoke series, including the Camp Rock 2 and Phineas and Ferb releases. Last, but not least, we mixed and sound-designed every entry in Disney’s ever-popular, multimedia “Read-Along” series – a handful of which are now available as iPhone or iPad applications. Notable entries include Toy Story 3, Tangled, Bambi, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Cinderella, and Winnie the Pooh (upcoming 2011).

 

In the realm of commercials and promos, we had a banner year. In cooperation with our old friend, producer Bill Sussex (of Radio Island Inc.), we mixed many a radio spot for the Fox network. Hear a radio commercial for “Glee” in 2010? Yup, that was us. As usual, our good friends & associates over at NuContext kept us perpetually busy – mixing countless promo spots and commercials for Lifetime, USA Network, The Disney Channel, Syfy, Fuse, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Teen Nick, Universal HD, Chiller, SoapNet, IFC, Sleuth, and The Hub networks. Check out samples from Fuse’s recent “This Video Sucks” campaign for the Foo Fighters and Disney Channel’s “Camp Rock 2″ campaign.

 

Producer and Director Marc Handler was in the studio recording ADR with engineer David Veneziano, for the animé series “Mixmaster: Final Force”.  Together, they recorded ADR for 39  22-minute episodes comprising the upcoming season. Below is a 10-minute preview from episode 6.

 

Following up our successful work on the motion-comics, “Superman: Red Son” (dialogue recording), and “Batgirl: Year One” (recording, music composition and full audio post) – Soundworks recorded dialogue for D.C.’s “Jonah Hex” motion-comics series, released in conjunction with the major-motion-picture. Check out the trailer below.

 

In the video-game scene, we are proud to have worked on recording and editing a massive amount of dialogue for Bethesda Softworks’ “Fallout: New Vegas”. Additionally, we worked on a wide variety of projects with our good friends over at Machinima – the ultimate TV network for the gaming community. We recorded dialogue for their Fable III and Online Underground webseries. In collaboration with our friends at Karactaz Animation, Machinima helped to produce the hilarious animated pilot, “Heel!” – which we had the great pleasure of recording, sound-designing and mixing. Rounding out our videogame-related works for 2010, we contributed audio-post for the live-action Youtube sensation “Bite Me” – which follows three videogame geeks contending with a real-life zombie outbreak. It’s a comedy – and no, it’s not for the kids.

 

Soundworks contributed full audio post for the 21 episode live-action web-series “Blue Belle”. Produced by 3 Minute Pictures, the series won Best Directing, Best Cinematography, and Best Drama Series awards at the L.A. Web Series Festival. Check out the trailer below, then watch the whole show over at 3 Minute Pictures.

 

So, those are the highlights. On to 2011! Check back often to see what we’ve been up to.


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