W. Los Angeles (December 10, 2003)–The Village Studios hosts both top-selling album projects and scoring for film and television soundtracks, including Moulin Rouge, A Mighty Wind and HBO’s Six Feet Under. So when the Australian team responsible for the haunting soundtrack to director Peter Weir’s epic blockbuster Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World needed a place to work, The Village was a natural choice.
The Village’s convenient Westside location, minutes away from 20th Century Fox Studios, was perfect for the team of composer Iva Davies, composer/orchestrator Christopher Gordon, violinist Richard Tognetti, and music editor Simon Ledley. The four holed up in separate suites on The Village’s second floor where, according to Davies, they were able to have both complete creative privacy and the ability to collaborate when necessary.
To create the unique ambiences the score demanded, sessions were recorded not only in the studios, but also in The Village’s lobby and roof garden. The score mirrors the painstaking attention to detail and authenticity of the rest of Master and Commander, which takes place in the 1800s and almost entirely at sea.
“It’s not the sort of soundtrack you would predict to go with a movie of this scale,” comments Davies (known for his work with the Australian band Icehouse). “Peter didn’t want a massive fanfare Hollywood-style score. He uses music in a very individual way. It’s often a case of ‘less is more’ that causes people to really remember what they hear.”
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