John Williams will be recording the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens score in Los Angeles. StarWars.com has the news:
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.
That really lines up with the recent report we had about the editorial process Bad Robot is using for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
John Williams says:
“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.”
John Williams has not traveled out of the country in about a decade. So this is not surprising. Some did feel that he would return to London as part of the general gig out of tradition. This process is probably good for John Williams who is now an older man and recently had a few cleared up health issues. Ultimately, it is a great process for the editorial team at Bad Robot that get to see completed chunks of the film with the correct scoring.
And hey, congratulations to Los Angeles!
I hope this means a lot of extra takes and tunes for us John Williams fans!