Steve Jablonsky scores Transformers

Posted on May 29, 2007 by Dan Goldwasser



For the past month, composer Steve Jablonsky has been recording his score to the upcoming action-packed summer movie, Transformers. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Michael Bay, the film was written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Mission: Impossible III) and features Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Jon Voight and John Turturro in a story about giant robots who take their fight to Earth. ScoringSessions.com was at the scoring sessions to the film, and is excited to bring you a visual look at the musical recording process for this highly anticipated summer film.


Recording took place primarily at the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City, CA, with 66-strings, and 18-brass players – recorded separately. The strings were recorded in a “double session” during the day, with the brass recording at night.


Nick Glennie-Smith conducts the strings at Sony

There are six major themes within the score, which runs approximately 90-minutes in length. While the classic “Transfomers” theme song doesn’t figure into the score (as of this writing, at least), Jablonsky indicated that he did work on a new version of it, which could possibly appear over the end credits or on the song soundtrack album. The thematic motif heard in the original teaser music from last fall (which Jablonsky scored) is also woven into the score. The recently released theatrical trailer does feature original music written by Jablonsky, but intentionally has no relation to the score for the film. Additionally, Jablonsky wrote the music for the upcoming computer game tie-in, which will be released by Activision on June 19th.


Nick Glennie-Smith conducts the brass in the evenings

In the control room, composer Steve Jablonsky, supervising orchestrator Bruce Fowler, scoring mixer Alan Meyerson, music editors Tom Trafalski and Ramiro Belgardt, and stage recordist Adam Michalak worked diligently through all the various cues. ProTools recording was handled by Slamm Andrews, Kevin Globerman and Larry Mah, and Jablonsky was assisted by Chandra Cogburn.


Transformers composer Steve Jablonsky

A view of the control room at the Sony Scoring Stage

Scoring mixer Alan Meyerson

Music editor Tom Trafalski, ProTools recordist Slamm Andrews and Supervising Technical Score Engineer Chandra Cogburn

Music contractor Peter Rotter and supervising orchestrator Bruce Fowler

Music librarian Booker White, in a very Spielbergian pose

Percussion was recorded separately as well, at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox. Six talented musicians loudly hit their way through some exciting action cues, featuring taiko, bass drums, military snare, and more!


The percussion team makes notes based on hearing the orchestral recording of the cue

Percussionist Danny Greco makes some adjustments to the score sheet

In addition to the strings, brass and percussion, a choir was recorded in London, and featured soloists George Doering, Martin Tillman and Mike Fisher were recorded separately at Remote Control.


The Transformers music team

Transformers will hit theaters on July 4, 2007. A song soundtrack will be released by Warner Brothers Records on June 26, 2007, and a score album is in the works.

Special thanks to Chandra Cogburn, Steve Jablonsky, Pieter Schlosser and Tom DeSanto

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