Starting “Treehouse of Horror XXII” and finishing “The Falcon and the D’ohman”

Kang & KodosI’m in the thick of it now. We spotted this year’s Halloween show on Thursday, September 22. There will be 38 cues in this episode. That’s more than the average for our usual count, but par for the course when it comes to the Halloween show. We’ve had as many as 52 cues for one of the “Treehouse” specials. Once again we have four stories in the episode, a recent development when FOX added another commercial break a couple of years ago. Let’s see… what can I say without saying too much? D’oh! There’s more to read…

Why Can’t I Hum the Score?

If you’ll indulge me for a minute, I have a gripe about current film & TV scores: the lack of melody.

If you’re a film music buff then I’m probably not saying anything you haven’t heard or thought before. But for my readers who are just starting to pay attention to musical details in features and on TV, then I just wanted to get this off my chest. D’oh! There’s more to read…

The Start of Season 2 – Changes

BlinkyThe first music spotting session for THE SIMPSONS season #2 was on September 20, 1990. I showed up at FOX as usual and was greeted by a big surprise. I was informed that Richard Gibbs was no longer the composer for the show and that the search for a replacement was underway. In the meantime, Arthur B. Rubinstein was called in to score the first two episodes of the new season and I was told that, if all went well, Arthur would be offered the job as permanent composer. D’oh! There’s more to read…

The Food Wife

Marge SimpsonFirday, September 9 was a pretty busy day for yours truly. I spent pretty much the entire day at FOX working on 4 different episodes of THE SIMPSONS.

First up, directing Yeadley Smith as she sang a new song for the episode with guest star Lady Gaga. No, Gaga wasn’t there with us. She recorded her part for the show a couple of weeks ago, but Yeardley’s been away in New York for most of August and has just returned to L.A. so I was able to go into the studio with her to record her singing part for a special song in the show. More details as we get closer to the airdate next spring. D’oh! There’s more to read…

Music Editing 101 – Library Music and Re-Use

Lisa plays violinI just received a question via twitter from user @cook879 asking, “What does the (Lib.) mean” in the music spotting notes? Rather than reply privately, I thought I would answer with a brief blog post.

“Lib.” stands for “Library” and once again, we’ve encountered a term with two meanings in my biz. D’oh! There’s more to read…

Music Editing 101 – Music Clearance

It's All About The $$$Well, we’ve finally reached the last of my seven steps of music editing: Music Clearance, or preparing the Music Cue Sheet.

In my post on dubbing I showed you how I prepare a music cue sheet for the dubbing mixer to follow so he knows when and where the music will play in the show. I also pointed out that many terms in film making have multiple meanings. The music clearance cue sheet is different than the dubbing cue sheet. D’oh! There’s more to read…