My apologies in advance for such an obvious pun, but GRACE was, and remains, one of my favorite children. It's a score the likes of which I'd never even attempted before, delving into a world of strange recording techniques and procedures that had been almost totally absent in my career until then. For this score I made my "instrument" palette from recordings of horse flies, baby toys, actual human babies, vocalizations performed by the film's star, Jordan Ladd and all manner of sounds I recorded at the creaky old house on set in Canada. That was then layered with recordings of some traditional stringed instruments, "child like" instruments like recorded and accordion, the amazing vocal talents of Lisbeth Scott, and a massive all-brass-and-contrabass clarinet ensemble recorded at Abbey Road in the famed Studio 2.
But before I ever wrote any of that, at the urging of director Paul Solet, a "pre-score" was written to be played back on-set for the actors and crew. This score, 20 minutes in total, was realized entirely in my studio and ended up having an identity quite radically different from the final score. So now this "script score" is more like an alternative, much more violently visceral parallel universe version of the score.
released September 7, 2012
Soundtrack Album Produced by Austin Wintory
Executive Producers for BSX Records: Ford A. Thaxton and Mark Banning
On-set sound effects recorded by Dan Canfield and Austin Wintory
5.1 horse fly recordings by Brett Hinton
Baby recordings courtesy of Madison Tedesco and her proud father Damon
London musicians contracted by Isobel Griffiths
Clarinet Ensemble recorded by Lewis Jones
Clarinet Ensemble recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2
London Librarian: Jill Streater
CD Art Direction: Jake Hamilton
Vocals by Lisbeth Scott
"Grace's Lullaby" by Austin Wintory, lyrics by Lisbeth Scott
Acoustic, electric, and prepared cello solos by Tina Guo
Violin solos by Nathan Lanier
Vocalizations and 'End Titles' vocals by Jordan Ladd
Recorder, accordion, percussion and prepared violin by Austin Wintory
Nicholas Bucknall (principal)
Austin Wintory wishes to thank:
Ray Costa, George Fuest, Dan Goldwasser, Jake Hamilton, Rich Jacobellis, PGB, Damon Tedesco, my wonderful musicians, Meg, and Maw, Paw and Sis.
Special Thanks to an amazing team: Paul Solet, Cory Neal, and Adam Green.
This trombone quartet, composed by my dear friend Jeremy Howard Back, won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and couldn't be more deserving. This is a piece of RAW POWER. Just get it ... Austin Wintory
I'd probably pass much of this album by if I hadn't played the game, but they worked so well together that the magic carries over. The album always evokes the game's excellent, unusual atmosphere. cted