Hunger Games Score
This behind-the-scenes video explains how the incredible soundscapes of The Hunger Games were designed–the quiet crunch of leaves and the raucus surprise of fireballs.
Movie Director Gary Ross and his sound team including Supervising Sound Editor Lon Bender, Re-recording Mixer Michael Keller, and Re-recording Mixer Mike Prestwood Smith discuss their approach to creating the lush soundscapes for this highly anticipated film adaptation.
One of the most striking aspects of The Hunger Games is the incredible score. It’s subdued when necessary, with large periods of silence. The times it does perk up there’s a quiet genius to it, with memorable motifs that perfectly capture the spirit of the movie.
Lionsgate has released the production notes for The Hunger Games which includes the final lineup of music played during the film.
Pieces of modern orchestral and electroacoustic music on the score include “Sediment” by Laurie Spiegel, “Three Movements for Orchestra, Mvt. 1″ by Steve Reich and ALLT VARO HLJÓTT by Olafur Arnalds which you can listen to above.
“DEEP IN THE MEADOW (LULLABY)”
Lyrics by Suzanne Collins
Music by T Bone Burnett and Simone Burnett
Performed by Jennifer Lawrence and Willow Shields
Written by Evgueni Galperine
Performed by Evgueni Galperine and Mariana Tootsie
Courtesy of Mathieu Gerault
“HORN OF PLENTY”
Written by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne
Written by Gabriel Hubert, Saiph Graves, Amal Hubert, Tycho Cohran,
Jafar Graves, Uttama Hubert, Seba Graves and Tarik Graves
Performed by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Courtesy of Honest Jon’s Records
Written and Performed by Laurie Spiegel
Courtesy of Laurie Spiegel
“A WASP ON HER ABDOMEN”
Written and Performed by Chas Smith
Courtesy of Cold Blue Music
“THREE MOVEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA, MVT. 1”
Written by Steve Reich
Performed by Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra
and Chorus Sine Nomine Conducted by Kristjan Järvi
Courtesy of Chandos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
“ALLT VARO HLJÓTT”
Written and Performed by Olafur Arnalds
Courtesy of Erased Tapes Records Ltd.
Written by Thomas Owen
Written by Win Butler, Régine Chassagne and T Bone Burnett
Performed and Produced by Arcade Fire
Courtesy of Arcade Fire Music, LLC
“SAFE & SOUND”
Written by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett
Performed by Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Courtesy of Big Machine Records, LLC
Written by John Paul White and Joy Williams
Performed by The Civil Wars
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Courtesy of sensibility music / Republic Records
Arcade Fire has contributed not only “Abraham’s Daughter” to the The Hunger Games soundtrack, which you can listen to now, but also composed the Capitol anthem “Horn of Plenty” for the score-
“We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise,” Butler explained. “And there’s an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically.”
“It’s not a pop song or anything,” he added. “More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film.”
MTV News was able to catch up with Josh Hutcherson at the People’s Choice Awards and talk to him about how The Hunger Games movie is coming along. Josh tells MTV News the following about his Automated Dialogue Recording (ADR) sessions, where actors will re-record sound during post production to gain better quality.
‘ “I did ADR yesterday, actually. I saw a good little bit of the film yesterday; it looks good,” he assured. “I’m really excited. The music is insane. The sound design, the editing, everything is amazing. It’s coming together great.” ‘
Watch the recorded interview for more:
It’s a little difficult to hear what Josh is saying due to all the background noise, but a transcript of the video can be found in the full MTV News article.
[Source: MTV News]
AFM international president Ray Hair has posted an admonishing video on YouTube that takes Lionsgate to task for choosing to record the film’s score in London rather than in the United States. Hair claims that the move is designed to avoid contractual minimums for wages, pension and health care payments that American musicians would receive.
“The new AFM administration is committed to reaching out and publicizing the advantages of hiring AFM musicians and exposing the immoral, unethical, and unjust practice of looking to professional musicians to fatten the wallets of entertainment industry executives,” said Hair. “Lionsgate can afford to do the right thing for musicians. They do it for everyone else. It’s an American movie, with American actors, and American crews, with a soundtrack that’s uniquely American, going to Europe to record the music. It’s just plain wrong.”
Lionsgate had no comment.
Danny Elfman was suppose to be doing the score for The Hunger Games but Variety is reporting that he is unable due to scheduling conflicts. James Newton Howard will be working on the score instead, and his credits include such films as The Dark Knight, Defiance, Blood Diamond and Michael Clayton. Lionsgate has not commented on this change as of yet, but we will keep you posted!
According to an exclusive from The Hollywood Report, Danny Elfman and T Bone Burnett will collaborate together for The Hunger Games Score and Soundtrack! UPDATE! We received the official press release from Lionsgate with more information on T Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman!
Santa Monica, CA, June 28, 2011– LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, today announced an unprecedented film music collaboration between Academy Award® winner and two time nominee T Bone Burnett (CRAZY HEART, COLD MOUNTAIN) and four time Academy Award® nominated composer Danny Elfman (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SPIDER-MAN) on the music for the highly anticipated film adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES, based on the first in Suzanne Collins’s runaway bestselling book trilogy. The announcement was made by Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake.
Elfman and Burnett will be collaborating on the film score, with Burnett also serving as the film’s Executive Music Producer, producing songs for the film and soundtrack.
Said Lionsgate’s Head of Film Music Tracy McKnight of the musical dream team assembled on behalf of the film, “THE HUNGER GAMES is such a special property – it has worldwide mass appeal, but it’s also sophisticated, cerebral, soulful, and rebellious. We needed a composer who can translate these qualities musically, and we have not one but two incredible artists in an absolutely thrilling first time ever collaboration.”
Production president Alli Shearmur is overseeing the production for the studio, and the deals for both artists were negotiated by McKnight with Lenny Wohl, EVP Business Affairs Music & Publishing, on behalf of Lionsgate.
Elfman is represented by Richard Kraft and Laura Engel of Kraft-Engel Management, who negotiated the deal on his behalf. Larry Jenkins manages Burnett and negotiated the deal with Jason Karlov of Barnes & Thornburg LLP on his behalf. Burnett is also represented by Brian Siberell at CAA.
About T Bone Burnett
T Bone Burnett’s 40 years of experience in music and entertainment have earned him an unparalleled reputation as a first-rate innovative artist, songwriter, producer, performer, concert producer, record company owner and artist advocate.
He is a 12-time Grammy® Award winner, earning numerous statues in 2009 — including Album of the Year and Record of the Year — for his production work on Raising Sand, the worldwide smash album from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. That same year, he was also awarded a Grammy® for Best Traditional Blues Album for his work on B.B. King’s One Kind Favor. He received two Grammys® in 2011 for his work on the music for the film Crazy Heart. He previously earned five Grammys®for his work on the 8-times Platinum release, O Brother Where Art Thou?, which also spawned two highly successful national concert tours. Further Grammys® followed for his work on the platinum soundtrack to the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line, and the platinum Tony Bennett / k.d. lang duets album, A Wonderful World.
T Bone produced the critically acclaimed hit film Crazy Heart. He also composed the film’s score and co-wrote many of its original songs, including “The Weary Kind,” which earned T Bone and co-writer, Ryan Bingham, an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe® Award and a Grammy® Award (plus an additional Grammy® for Crazy Heart as Best Compilation Soundtrack album). T Bone’s work on that film also garnered him awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, as well as numerous other critics organizations throughout the U.S.
He was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2004, along with Elvis Costello in the category of Best Original Song for “The Scarlet Tide” from the film, Cold Mountain. For his work on that film, Burnett also earned the BAFTAs Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music.
Burnett’s work as an in-demand music producer spans three decades and has resulted in some of music’s biggest-selling and most critically-lauded releases. He is currently producing album projects for Lisa Marie Presley and Jeff Bridges, which will be released in the second half of 2011. Burnett is also collaborating with Mellencamp and author Stephen King on the music for the play Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County. Other major productions include best-selling albums from Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Los Lobos, Cassandra Wilson, Roy Orbison and Ralph Stanley.
T Bone’s first major foray into film was his 1999 collaboration with the Coen Brothers on The Big Lebowski, for which he served as “Musical Archivist.” He has since served as Executive Music Producer on numerous additional films, including Across The Universe, the aforementioned Walk The Line (for which he also composed the score) and The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
About Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman has earned numerous honors, including a Grammy Award®, an Emmy Award®, three Golden Globe®nominations, and four Academy Award® nominations. In 1998, he was honored with dual Oscar® nominations for Best Original Score for his work on Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Men in Black” and Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting.” He received his third Oscar® nomination for the score for Tim Burton’s acclaimed fantasy “Big Fish.” Elfman earned his most recent Oscar®nomination for his score for the acclaimed biopic “Milk,” directed by Gus Van Sant and his most recent Golden Globe®nomination for his score to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
In all, Elfman has composed more than 60 motion-picture scores of every genre, including “Spider-Man (1&2),” “Batman” and “Batman Returns” “Men In Black (1&2),” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Beetlejuice,” “To Die For,” “A Simple Plan,” “Mission: Impossible,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Family Man,” “Wanted,” “Taking Woodstock,” “Dick Tracy,” “Darkman,” and “Chicago.”
For 17 years he wrote and performed with rock band Oingo Boingo, producing such hits as “Weird Science” and “Dead Man’s Party.”
Elfman’s first full-length orchestral commission, Serenada Schizophrana premiered at Carnegie Hall. His first composition for ballet “Rabbit and Rogue” had its American Ballet Theatre (ABT) World Premiere at The Metropolitan Opera House at New York’s Lincoln Center in June 2008. The ballet was choreographed by Twyla Tharp and commissioned by ABT.
Elfman’s most recent film credits include the smash hit, “Alice In Wonderland,” and the upcoming “Reel Steel,” directed by Shawn Levy, Gus Van Sant’s “Restless”, “Frankenweenie”, and ”Dark Shadows.”
His Cirque du Soleil show, “Iris” opens as a permanent show at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater in 2011.
Update: We’ve been told exclusively that Elfman is definitely scoring The Hunger Games with T. Bone Burnett, who recently won an Oscar for his work on Crazy Heart