Brian Tyler scores Law Abiding Citizen

Posted on September 11, 2009 by Dan Goldwasser

Recently, composer Brian Tyler recorded his score to the new thriller from director F. Gary Gray, Law Abiding Citizen. Written by Kurt Wimmer, the film focuses on an everyday man (Gerard Butler) who decides to target the district attorney (Jamie Foxx) who helped arrange a plea-bargain that set his family’s killers free.

Brian Tyler conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

Recorded at the Sony Scoring Stage, the music for Law Abiding Citizen was performed by a 52-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony, conducted by Brian Tyler. Using primarily strings, as well as a small French horn and low brass section (no trumpets), the music is tense and has lots of building energy.

Brian Tyler conducts Law Abiding Citizen

Concertmaster Endre Granat

Cellists Vanessa Freebairn-Smith and Jennifer Kuhn

In the booth, scoring mixer Joel Iwataki expertly blended the orchestra with the pre-records, including percussion and synth overlays, much of which Tyler himself performed at his home studio. The orchestral portions of the score were orchestrated by Dana Niu, Andrew Kinney, Brad Warnaar, Robert Elhai and Pakk Hui. Also in the booth were music editors Gary Kraus and Joe Lisanti, as well as ProTools recordist Larry Mah.

Scoring mixer Joel Iwataki

Music editor Gary Kraus and ProTools recordist Larry Mah

Director F. Gary Gray talks with composer Brian Tyler

Music editor Gary Kraus, ProTools recordist Larry Mah, music editor Joe Lisanti, and orchestrator Dana Niu

F. Gary Gray had a large team of people with him from the production, and was filming updates for his YouTube page. Below are the videos regarding the score.

Overture Films will be releasing Law Abiding Citizen in theaters on October 16, 2009.

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