Burbank, CA (October 20, 2016)—The mix of the soundtrack for The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again! was recently completed at Roundabout Entertainment in Burbank by veteran re-recording mixers David E. Fluhr CAS and Ben Wilkins.
The mix team worked on Stage E at the facility with director Kenny Ortega, picture editor Don Brochu and supervising sound editor Tom de Gorter of Atomic Sound. The mix sessions were attended by producer Lou Adler and soundtrack recordings producer Cisco Adlerto.
“The new show honors and keeps the spirit of the original but it has new actors, new performances and a whole new energy,” says Fluhr, whose previous musical collaborations with Ortega include last year’s hit, Descendants. “There were challenges, but it was fun…a lot of fun.”
Among the challenges was an accelerated delivery schedule. Knowing that time on the mix stage would be at a premium, Fluhr and Wilkins coordinated with the music and sound editorial teams to ensure elements were delivered in a form that would allow them to work efficiently and creatively. “We worked out a strategy with the music department for how they would stem out the songs,” Fluhr recalls. “I needed enough separations for a 5.1 mix, but not so many that it became unmanageable.”
The project was one of the most complex musical productions ever finished at Roundabout. Engineer Teddy Salas modified Stage E’s workflow to address the complexity of the mix, adding extra faders to the Icon D-Control Digital Console to allow Fluhr to work with the large number of music tracks efficiently.
Originally released in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become one of the most enduringly popular movie musicals of all time, a staple of late night cinemas worldwide. The reimagining of the tale for Fox Television pairs original star Tim Curry (this time as the narrator) with an otherwise all-new cast.