Popular Post Jay 32,111 Posted November 25, 2022 Author Popular Post Share Posted November 25, 2022 5 hours ago, WampaRat said: @Jayforgive my ignorance, but can I ask what your role in this release (and subsequently the newest JP release) is/was? Do you function as kind of a consultant due to your plethora of spreadsheets and breakdowns etc? Hopefully that doesn’t come across as demeaning… I've been assisting Mike on various titles since 2016, so far all of them John Williams titles. Amistad will be the 20th title released that I contributed something to. You'll see my name in the booklets under Project Consultant, Project Assistance, Production Assistance, or Special Thanks, depending on the title and what my contribution was. How I've helped has been different for every project. It ranges from just proofreading the PDF of the booklet at the very end of things, to being involved before the audio work begins to help make sure everything is accounted for. In other words: in a perfect world, the material that the studio sends over contains everything recorded, and Mike has time to listen to every take of every cue and assemble a new album containing the the main version of every cue, and every interesting alternate he heard as well. But we have learned that sometimes what gets provided is not entirely comprehensive, and more up-front work has to be done to track down all the material needed to hopefully make a release definitive. Also, some projects have very tight schedules, so Mike does not have the opportunity to spend time listening to every single take of every single cue, and instead has sometimes sought my assistance to figure out what music should be attempted to be located and included. In between those extremes, there could be other things, such as proofreading the official excel file that has to be filed for every title; listening to a first pass mastering of some tracks (or a final mastered album) and providing feedback; having some back and forth discussion about how to present a wealth of material in the best way (WOTW had a lot of this); discussion of track titles; researching dates or articles/interviews about scores; loads of other things. For the Jurassic Park reissue, Mike brought me on board the project to see if we could make it as definitive as possible. This led to him making new builds of 2 cues that had been a little different on all prior albums compared to the film (Journey To The Island and Dennis Steals The Embryos), and also a dive into unused takes for a variety of cues to see if anything interesting was recorded that could be included. For that I relied on the knowledge of some JWFanners who had found differences in the sheet music compared to the final versions of some cues, and made sure they got thanked in the booklet. In the end, none of the differences seen in the sheet music were recorded, so they all must have been worked out and changed during rehearsals - but it was great to know that definitively. I then provided feedback on the new mastering, and made some proofreading passes of the new booklet. For Amistad, I was not brought on board until after Mike had already assembled and mastered the album, but I provided feedback on volume levels - I can't remember if this was before or after he had sent it to JW for approval. For one track that needed a new title, Mike used one of my suggestions for it. I gave feedback on the excel file. Much later, I contributed something else I won't reveal just yet, and proofread at least two passes of the booklet. I also chose the samples that will be posted on Tuesday, and assisted with the official press release wording. MrJosh, Amer, Sandor and 24 others 18 3 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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