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Classically Disney CD Release!

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Soundworks is proud to announce the release of the “Classically Disney” String Quartet CD. Producer Randy Thornton, engineer Jeff Sheridan, the very talented arranger Jerry Cleveland and some of the best string players in the world have produced this magical recording that will undoubtedly be music to your ears! This will take you back to some of the most beloved Disney movies ever in a surprisingly fun and entertaining way. This is not your average quartet album, these arrangements retain the charm of the originals in a way you have never heard before and can only be heard on this very CD. Pop it into your player and have fun trying to guess the songs before the magical themes give them away. Follow the link below if you are interested in purchasing a copy!

http://www.disneystore.com/soundtracks-music-dvds-music-books-classically-disney-cd/mp/1314530/1000324/


Disney’s The Black Hole Soundtrack Release

Intrada and Walt Disney Records ReleaseThe Black Hole Soundtrack by John Barry has finally been released on the Intrada label and Soundworks helps make it happen. Senior Disney producer Randy Thornton and Jeff Sheridan completed the restoration and remix of the soundtrack after an extensive transfer process that started two years ago. The score was originally recorded in 1979 on the 3M 32 track digital mastering machine in what is now called the Eastwood Scoring Stage at the Warner Bros. Studio. After months of research we were able to locate machines still in operation and the tracks were meticulously transferred to a modern digital audio workstation known as Sequoia for processing and mixing. The initial transfers of this recording happened almost 30 years later to the day! The recently released soundtrack sold out of the first run and a second run is planned. Producer liner notes by Randy Thornton go into great detail about this daunting task and pictures of the actual recording session with John Barry conducting can be seen in the booklet. The album includes over 20 minutes of previously unreleased material as well as a special mix by Randy and Jeff called “In, Through…And Beyond!”  This mix features the analog synthesizers used in the score without the addition of the orchestra, it makes for an interesting listen and helps to hear all of the nuances of these additional sounds. The soundtrack is available now through the Intrada lablel.


Disney Read-Alongs & Apps: ‘Cars 2′, ‘Tinker Bell’, ‘Finding Nemo’

 

Continuing Soundworks’ long-standing collaboration with Walt Disney Records and Disney Publishing Worldwide, we are pleased to announce the release of several new Read-Along books and iPad/iPhone Interactive Apps. These multimedia Disney products feature original audio produced by Soundworks, combined with dialogue clips from the actual movie cast members and music from the Walt Disney Records Music Library – to create a one-of-a-kind interactive learning experience.

First off, there is the ‘Cars 2 Read-Along‘. The book-and-CD package can be found at Amazon. The content of the Read-Along is digitally reformatted and combined with games & other interactive features for the ‘Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe‘ iPad App, which can be found here at iTunes. Check out the preview video of the App below.

 

 

Last year’s ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ Read-Along has also just been released as an iPhone/iPad app, which can be found here at iTunes. Check out the preview video below.

 

 

Soundworks also had the pleasure of producing the audio for the recent ‘Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book‘ and ‘Mickey’s Spooky Night Puzzle Book‘ Apps, both of which can be found here.

 


Walt Disney Records Music Library Update

Soundworks is currently working on a substantial update to the Walt Disney Records Music Library. The “library” is an ever-expanding catalogue of production music created for, and used exclusively by, the Walt Disney Company. The company utilizes these tracks to underscore all manner of video, events, spoken-word and multi-media projects that it produces.

As in the past, Walt Disney Records has once again enlisted producer Randy Thornton and audio engineer Jeff Sheridan to oversee this latest expansion. Working with original compositions written and arranged by composer Gannin Arnold, Soundworks will be recording, mixing and mastering full orchestral performances of this new material – representing a significant addition to the already impressive resource that is the Walt Disney Records Music Library.


‘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.


Mastering for ‘Tron: Legacy Special Edition’ 2-LP Set

Producer (and human-encyclopedia of all-things ‘Disney’) Randy Thornton was in the studio recently, to oversee mastering for the double-LP Special Edition of the Tron: Legacy Soundtrack. Supplementing the original tracklist, side four of this special-edition picture-disc set will feature a total of 7 bonus tracks (from the incredible score by Daft Punk), not found on the original CD issue. In addition to mastering the double-LP, engineer Jeff Sheridan also worked on a four-track EP that will be released separately. We suspect that the picture-disc vinyl will look as cool as it sounds.


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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