Interview with Dan Weniger
See below for the following interview with composer Dan Weniger.
– What was your purpose in creating the music for this album?
I wanted to create a soundtrack album for the listener, not music written to picture as usual. I find most soundtracks have great moments, then go off into something else, interrupting the mood because, well, they’re not written for the listener of course. ‘Tomorrow We Live Forever’ is a listening experience that keeps going right until the end.
I also feel that feature scores get boring because composers even big composers often don’t have the freedom to experiment, or they just get lazy. In a small way this album is an answer to that. I love writing sci-fi/action/horror, I truly love it. And when I hear something I could have done a better job at, I get inspired to push my own work.
The other reason for this album is to show my current and future clients what I can do. I hope to get more involved with gaming. I love the way people are pushing boundaries, it’s the wild west for experimentation. So we’ll see what the future holds.
– How challenging would you say it is to be able to come up with a fresh and exciting sounds in an increasingly saturated market?
I’m always hearing ways to improve my writing, trying to push myself to get that bigger, fatter, crazier sound. I also think it’s important to work with other people. Bouncing ideas off other great composers is a fantastic way to get inspiration for new ideas and it keeps me on my toes. Yes, the market is saturated, but with a lot of bad or so-so music. Most people are using the same sample libraries and if you don’t do something with those samples and create your own sounds then you end up sounding like everyone else. It’s also having the experience of knowing what sounds good. So I guess the answer for myself is to keep experimenting. Once I made a percussion sample library for myself, from big old machines in an abandoned warehouse. If I find something that makes a great/interesting sound, I record it.
– What was your favorite aspect for this particular album?
I like the mix of live strings and synths. There is so much potential there. It was a lot of fun experimenting and creating sounds for this album. For instance, there was a synth sound I created on a track that cross faded with the violins making the transition almost unnoticeable. I recorded the strings at Capitol Records and when I finally heard that blend with the live strings it was like magic. It’s that dance between live and synthetic that I find very interesting, introducing the two and making them fall in love or hate each other.