Recording the Score for Midlife, the Movie
Back in July we had a marathon two days of recording sessions for the score of the movie “Midlife,” which Yoko composed. That’s a very short time in which to record a score, but we did it – 39 songs in two days! The ensemble included Yoko Miwa, Will Slater, Scott Goulding, Andy Voelker, Connor Dugan, and Joyce Cheung. The session was done with all live musicians, breathing life into Yoko’s compositions.
Midlife actor, writer, and director Greg Travis came out from Hollywood for the session. Up until that point, he had only heard Yoko’s demos of the music, made in the music notation software on her computer. He really liked the demos and Yoko was worried he might be married to the way the recordings originally sounded. Working together was a new experience, since Greg’s expertise is in film and Yoko’s is in music, and while he had a specific feel for how the music should sound, he didn’t know the terminology to explain. But, Greg was thrilled with the warm, live sound, and after recording all 39 pieces, he’s just as thrilled with the outcome, and so are we.
Thanks to sound engineer Peter Kontrimas’s hard work, the mixing of the sound and mastering was almost complete as of last week. It was a pleasure working with him, Greg, and all of the musicians on the project.
We can’t wait to see Midlife when it comes out – when we receive a copy of the DVD, we intend to have our own screening party somewhere here in the Boston area. It will be open for any of our fans to attend, so stay tuned!