by: S. Scott Stanikmas
John Williams recently had to break a long-standing tradition with Steven Spielberg and turn down scoring the director’s new film Bridge Of Spies. But fear not Star Wars fans – Williams is still on board to score The Force Awakens. And the composer has said that he’ll be doing so in Los Angeles, which marks the first time that a SW film will be scored in the United States.
StarWars.com dropped the news in the following statement:
For the recording of the score, Williams will work with members of the superb freelance orchestra with which he’s recorded numerous film scores over the years. The music will be recorded over several months while working in tandem with the film’s editorial and special effects teams on the West Coast. While previous films in the saga were scored at Abbey Road with the celebrated London Symphony Orchestra, this will be the first time a Star Wars score has been recorded in the United States.
Williams also released a statement:
I’ve had the privilege of working with the very best musicians in both the U.K. and the U.S. The London Symphony Orchestra has consistently performed with great artistry on all six of the prior films in the Star Wars saga, and I will be forever grateful for their commitment and dedication. Equally, it has been my honor to have worked with my brilliant colleagues in Los Angeles, and always appreciate the invaluable contribution they’ve made to my scores and to those of other composers.
So how will this affect the sound of the film, not having the London Symphony Orchestra providing the background music? We’ll have to wait and see this December.