Music for Ada is available now!
Listen to the music - https://soundcloud.com/seanwilliammusic/sets/ada
What a rush to write and record the music for another Crazy 8’s this year! This film has been on the radar since October 2018 when director, Steven Kammerer approached me with the idea about creating a film to tell the story of Ada Lovelace, an intensely intelligent mathematician born in the early 1800’s and responsible for contributing to the development of the world’s first computer (although tragically her death precedes her invention). Being involved in the project from such an early stage was a detail, which I believe, helped lend to the success of this score. Often music is considered to be an afterthought best left for post production but Steve wanted this score to be a character of it’s own and I certainly hope we managed to achieve that goal.
Scoring a film in such a short amount of time is a huge challenge. Realistically, Crazy 8’s composers have 1-2 days to write music to picture. This isn’t unheard of but it definitely doesn’t leave any wiggle room for the usual finessing and massaging. Music for most micro budget film scores are typically created in the digital realm using virtual instruments and samples. These offer a quick workflow and are abundant and relatively affordable for any working composer plus you save the time of recording and most importantly the cost of renting a studio and hiring musicians. However, in doing this you sacrifice the authenticity and for lack of better words “life” of the music. So to push myself even further with this already “crazy” project, I decided to not only write the score for Ada, but to also organize for the entire score to be played and recorded by a live string quartet.
This process was a huge undertaking and one that I could not have accomplished on my own in such a short amount of time. There were a total of 10 people involved solely with the creation of this score. And all of them volunteers! Finding this team was a job of its own and I now have a huge appreciation for the work that our amazing film producers do for these projects. I need to say a thank you to every person who helped me with this project. To the players, Boris, Sarah, Judy and Steven I cannot thank you enough for your beautiful sounds and eagerness to help bring this to life! Thank you John and David for taking your time with all of the necessary prep for the studio session including music parts and Pro Tools sessions, you were both the best assistant’s one could ask for! To Liam, thank you for being a solid rock in the studio and powering through under pressure. And to Josh and Troy, your willingness to help and act fast did not go unnoticed! Thank you both so much!