New York, NY (August 30, 2004)–When the new four-minute animated installation for the Merlion Visitor Experience on Singapore’s Sentosa Island needed an authentic regional sound combined with a big film-score feeling, New York’s Propeller was up to the challenge.
“We’ve done a lot of projects that draw inspiration from music indigenous to various parts of the world,” said Propeller creative director/composer Doug Hall, who was awarded the project over composers in Singapore and Chicago. “The Merlion project originally called for someone who could provide the real deal in Malay music, so I started with a palette of authentic sounds from that part of the world, including the percussive Gamalan orchestras of Indonesia. But as the project developed and the client wanted more drama, I combined these tone colors with a bigger, more orchestral palette for a blend of Asia and the west.”
“The goal was to fuse instrumental elements from Singapore and the region with elements of a traditional film score like strings and brass, while still keeping the focus on indigenous sounds,” added John McDaniel who mixed the score at Sonic Arts Digital Audio Services, Inc. in Cincinnati. “Doug had the unique ability to combine that authenticity with a film-score sensibility.”
Propeller’s score accompanies an all-animated installation at Sentosa Island’s 37-meter tall Merlion landmark. The new visitor experience, which includes pre-show exhibits, dioramas and the animated presentation, was produced by Cincinnati-based design and master planning firm Jack Rouse Associates (JRA). The Merlion job was part of a bigger project to redevelop several attractions on the resort island in Singapore harbor.
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