‘The Force Awakens’ Score Details – New Williams Interview for International Musician Magazine

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“With the film’s premiere still months away, recording sessions for The Force Awakens are just getting started, with the initial sessions slated for the first week of June. Williams tackled earlier recordings for both trailers, with the second trailer being released several weeks ago to add to the mounting excitement around Star Wars VII. Williams says sessions will continue through August, possibly into September. “Then it’s back and forth with editing,” he says. 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. “At the moment I’m working on composing the music, which I started at the beginning of the year. I’ve been through most of the film reels, working on a daily basis.” – Full interview at International Musician. — (print version)

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Recording Sessions Begin

According to ScoringSessions.com (via their Facebook page), John Williams has started scoring Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Sony Scoring Stage in Los Angeles.

Official sources recently revealed that recording sessions for the film would take place in June and throughout the summer, while working in tandem with the film’s editorial and special effects teams on the West Coast.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled for release on December 18, 2015.

L.A. Phil’s John Williams Tribute to be Released on DVD & Blu-ray / ‘Soundings’ Premiere Release (UPDATED)

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On June 30, Naxos’ subsidiary label C-Major will release on Blu-ray and DVD ‘A John Williams Celebration’, a 90-minute video featuring the 2014/15 Opening Gala Concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by Gustavo Dudamel, with John Williams as guest conductor and Itzhak Perlman on violin.

Selections include the first official release of Soundings, composed for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003, Olympic Fanfare and Theme, Schindler’s List, Fiddler on the Roof, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Amistad and The Empire Strikes Back. More details at NaxosUSA.com.

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La-La Land Records to Release ‘A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE’ 3CD Set

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On June 16th, La-La Land Records will release an expanded and remastered 3-disc set of John Williams’ score for A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). Presented in collaboration with Williams and Steven Spielberg, this limited edition of 3000 units contains “over 2 hours of previously unreleased music”. The album has been produced, assembled and mastered by Mike Matessino.

Available for sale Tuesday June 16th, 12:00 PST at www.lalalandrecords.com