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Firehouse Hosts Session For Composer Nathan WangRecords soundtrack for "The Remarkable Promise" documentary (August 04, 2004)
Firehouse Recording Studios, one of the West Coast's leading music production facilities, recently played host to composer Nathan Wang while recording music for "The Remarkable Promise," a nine-minute video shown on the final night of the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Created by award-winning documentary maker James Moll, the video showcased the Democratic Party's presidential nominee John Kerry's lifetime of service. Advised by Steven Spielberg, and narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, the documentary included personal comments and observations from those who best knew John Kerry.
"The film spans Kerry's entire life," composer Nathan Wang explains, "from his birth at an army hospital in Colorado to his service in Vietnam to his career fighting for the right priorities in the United States Senate. I needed to prepare music that supported the images being seen on the screen and to engender a sense of patriotism and service. I used a 19-piece string orchestra, plus two woodwinds and a trumpet player; Firehouse Studios' spacious Studio 'A' was the perfect environment for the recordings."
Wang had only five days to prepare soundtrack music for the video documentary, and was working down to the wire. "Because of last-minute edit changes, I did not receive a locked picture until late in the process; director James Moll was finalizing his vision until the last possible minute."
All tracks were recorded, edited and mixed using Firehouse's Digidesign Pro Tools digital audio workstations for instant replay and sample-accurate editing. "I also brought in some pre-recorded French horn, bassoon and piano elements recorded on Pro Tools - these tracks were plug-and-play compatible with the live sessions."
Wang has composed music for several Jackie Chan movies, plus cartoons and animated series, including "Bruno the Kid," "Felix the Cat" and DreamWorks' "Toonsylvania," in addition to the Emmy-nominated "American Family" for PBS, starring Edward James Olmos.
A regular client of Firehouse Studios, Wang says that the facility is extremely user-friendly and capable of offering a range of creative services. "There is no need for me to go to Hollywood to record; I've found an ideal location here in Pasadena," he enthuses. "It is an excellent facility with up-to-date equipment. I like the fact that each room at Firehouse is Pro Tools-capable, because that compatibility is prefect for me - there are never any transfer delays. I use Pro Tools for all my productions, so I can bring in a hard drive and leave with a finished product."
"A Remarkable Promise" aired in primetime on Thursday, July 29, 2004, and was designed to tell John Kerry's story at the Democratic Party's convention. Emmy- and Oscar-winning filmmaker James Moll was recommended for the project by Steven Spielberg, advisor to the documentary. Moll has spent the last 10 years working with Spielberg as a director and producer of documentary films and series.
About Firehouse Recording Studios
Firehouse Recording Studios is an all-new complex constructed in the livery of Pasadena's 1889 firehouse, just 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. "The three-room complex caters to the film, recording, commercial and television industries," explains studio manager Lindsay Tomasic. "It also offers complete concierge services, including access to local hotels, restaurants and spas." Located in the heart of historic Pasadena, Firehouse is within walking distance from some of Southern California's finest restaurants and shops. Studio A is centered on a Digidesign ProControl with Edit Pack and 48 on-surface faders, 80 inputs and 64 outputs, linked to a Meyer X-1/UPA 7.1-channel monitoring array. Studio A's tracking area features a large 38-foot by 21-foot wide primary space, with 14-foot ceilings, and a pair isolation/vocal booths. Studios B and C are 5.1-channel production rooms equipped with Pro Tools systems and a choice of control surfaces. Acoustic design throughout was by Studio 440.
Firehouse is part of DMI Music Group, a multifunctional production entity founded in 1997 by prolific composer Tena Clark. "The creative environment is very important to any producer," Tena Clark emphasizes. "We can offer the best of the old and new - I like to refer to the combination as 'Technology with a Soul'."
More information from Lindsay Tomasic, Firehouse Recording Studios; 626.405-0411 [email protected]
Firehouse Recording Studios, 35 West Dayon Street, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA | www.firehouserecordingstudios.com.
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