In this interview shot at the Jigsaw24 event in July 2015, Mike Thornton talks to Walter Mair about this composition work for TV and Film.
At the event, Walter took us through 2 projects they had recently collaborated on; writing, recording and mixing the music for a film yet to be released - Ronaldo, and TV production for Channel 4 here in the UK - Glue.
Walter outlined the composition process, which he does in Logic. As he told us afterwards, he finds the MIDI functionality on Pro Tools a little limiting and so he prefers to work in Logic. The compositions that Walter and Andy took us through were hybrids of electronic instrumentation and real strings recorded at Abbey Road. This combination led to sessions with very high track counts and in fact when Andy went to HDX he choose to have an HDX 2 system to give him the flexibility and capacity he needs.
With film and TV music, most of it is underscore, so Walter composes and Andy mixes it very much with that in mind, making sure that what they do 'keeps out of the way' of the dialog. At the point Walter hands over to Andy he prints audios files of all his tracks and to make sure there aren't any problems Walter includes the timecode start time in the file name for every clip.