Hollywood, CA (March 16, 2017)—United Recording’s new mastering studio in Hollywood recently mastered the soundtrack album for Logan, the new hit film finale of the Wolverine franchise.
On hand for the sessions was Academy Award nominee Marco Beltrami, who also composed the music for director James Mangold’s previous Wolverine film. Joining in the sessions were music producer and longtime Beltrami collaborator Buck Sanders, music mixer John Kurlander, and Grammy-winning United mastering engineer Erick Labson.
“When I first watched Logan, I was really impressed with its originality,” Beltrami stated. “Although it’s a Marvel superhero movie, it is also many other movies as well, all tied up into a delicate balance of brazenness and subtlety. Jim is a master at moving fluently between genres and subverting them to present a new emotional landscape. It was in trying to define this landscape in musical terms that I found my puzzle.”
Oscar-nominated composer Buck Sanders, who served as the Logan score producer, says, “Mangold’s direction was focused on intimacy and mood rather than the usual massive superhero film score sound. He encouraged experimentation, particularly with the instrumentation that includes Hammond B3 organ, glass harmonica and dueling drum kits.
“Usually, before the cue writing really begins, we make a lot of sounds for the palette to work with before any ensembles are recorded. For Logan, we really focused on capturing the performances first and using them to create accompanying electro-acoustic sounds. They can more easily follow the dynamic and expressive playing of the musicians.”
Four-time Grammy-winning music mixer John Kurlander says, “In the recording and mix process, director Jim Mangold challenged us to come up with recording techniques and sounds that complemented the desolate, rust-covered imagery of the landscape onscreen. We avoided traditional orchestral miking techniques and instead used 3D binaural options.”