New York, NY (October 21, 2004)–A recent project for PBS KIDS had G&E Music writing a multi-instrumental score, composed almost entirely of vocals…by kids. PBS KIDS wanted to refresh their existing animated promotional package, a substantial station-wide update that involved around 30 different interstitial components and spots, with animation provided by San Francisco-based Wild Brain, Inc. G&E took on the scoring and sound design of the entire re-packaging project, with composers Glenn Schloss and Erik Blicker enlisting the help of their own children, nieces and nephews to pull it off.
Over the course of the project, G&E worked closely with PBS writer/producer Nadira Isaacs and Wild Brain senior producer Amy Capen. “Music plays an especially important role in an animation package like the PBS KIDS one,” notes Isaacs. “Though our animation is really great, the package relies heavily on customized music and sound effects to bring it to life.”
G&E created soundscapes using nearly all vocals, recording the sounds their kids made for certain actions or objects they saw animated. “We’d coach them in some cases,” explains Schloss, “asking them what wind sounds like, or a moving truck–and in other cases just had them play around and make different sounds, then we used the technology to bump it up to the next level.”
Schloss and Blicker dropped all the organic 3- to 6-year-old kid sounds they recorded on DAT into Reason, which they used in conjunction with Pro Tools to create the score. “We made compositions using those kid sounds to emulate instruments, for instance running a “boop” sound through the sampler to create a horn line,” describes Blicker. “All these different sounds became our own unique instruments, using Reason to add reverb and delay.”