Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) scores The Dark Tower
Posted on August 4, 2017 by Dan Goldwasser
Earlier this year, composer Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) recorded his score to the new film based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Holkenborg’s score was recorded at the MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios, and we are thrilled to bring our readers exclusive photos from the sessions!
Orchestrator Ed Trybeck conducts the strings for The Dark Tower
Holkenborg’s score to The Dark Tower was recorded in sections, with the strings, then the woodwinds, and then an enormous brass section. The score has a lot of electronic elements, with a lot of mixing, so the musicians performed their music to a click track, but not to picture. Conducting duties were handled by orchestrator Ed Trybeck.
The violas perform
The French horns
The low brass and trumpet section
Conductor Ed Trybeck and the strings
Before each section recorded their parts, Holkenborg would go out onto the stage and explain the project, and his process, so that the musicians would have a greater understanding of what he was seeking to achieve through the music.
Composer Tom Holkenborg talks to the musicians from the podium
Composer Tom Holkenborg talks with the woodwinds
In the booth, Holkenborg was joined by scoring mixer Alan Meyerson, as well as director Nikolaj Arcel, who gave feedback on the music. Additional music composers Aljoscha Christenhuß and Antonio Di Iorio were also on hand for notes, as well as orchestrators Jonathan Beard and Henri Wilkinson. Music editors Ken Karman and Denise Okimoto were present, as well as ProTools recordists Kevin Globerman and Larry Mah, and score technical engineer Alex Ruger.
Composer Tom Holkenborg
Orchestrator Henri Wilkinson (back row), director Nikolaj Arcel, ProTools recordist Kevin Globerman (back row), composer Tom Holkenborg, scoring mixer Alan Meyerson, and stage recordist Keith Ukrisna
Composer Tom Holkenborg and scoring mixer Alan Meyerson discuss a cue
Additional music composers Aljoscha Christenhuß and Antonio Di Iorio, composer Tom Holkenborg, and scoring mixer Alan Meyerson (partially obscured)
Music editors Ken Karman and Denise Okimoto
The Dark Tower is now playing in theaters, and a score album is available from Sony Masterworks
Conductor/orchestrator Ed Trybeck records with the woodwind section