StarWars.com has provided an update today on the recording process for “The Force Awakens” score, revealing that John Williams is currently composing the music for the new “Star Wars” movie, and that it will be recorded in Los Angeles.
Here is the update from StarWars.com, as well as some words from John Williams about recording a “Star Wars” score in Los Angeles for the first time:
John Williams is currently hard at work composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be recorded in Los Angeles. 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.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with the very best musicians in both the U.K. and the U.S.,” says Williams. “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.”
While previous reports have said John Williams will return to London to record “The Force Awakens” score to keep in tradition with the previous “Star Wars” movies, it makes total sense for him to stay in the U.S. to record his latest score, considering his age, and that he has not left the country in ten years.
Regardless of where the new score gets recorded, it just exciting to know that new “Star Wars” music is being composed right now, and very soon it will be recorded for all of us to hear!
Star Wars just wouldn’t be the same without the authenticity of such iconic musical genius that is John Williams.
I am SO happy (and relieved) to hear that Williams is progressing well, and have no concerns over the recording location what so ever, as long as it is composed and conducted by the Maestro himself.