Alan Silvestri scores The A-Team

Posted on August 4, 2010 by Dan Goldwasser

Earlier this spring, award-winning composer Alan Silvestri recorded his score for the big-screen adaptation of the classic 80’s television show, The A-Team. Directed by Joe Carnahan, the film stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson, Quinton Jackson and Jessica Biel.

Alan Silvestri conducts The A-Team

Silvestri recorded his score at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox, where he conducted a 90-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony. While the original "A-Team" theme from Mike Post was re-recorded in a new arrangement, Silvestri’s action-packed score features his own new themes, and with Dean Parks on guitars, a contemporary edge is imbued to the large orchestral ensemble.

Silvestri conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

The woodwinds perform on The A-Team

The French horn section

Percussionists Alan Estes and Don Williams

In the booth, scoring mixer Dennis Sands expertly mixed the live synths (coming off of Silvestri’s Logic rig in real-time from one of the iso booths) with the orchestra. Director Joe Carnahan was very involved with giving Silvestri guidance and feedback, including a few changes which were done on the fly. Music editors Ken Karman and Jeannie Lee Marks, as well as score coordinator Dave Bifano, were also on hand to lend feedback.

Composer Alan Silvestri and director Joe Carnahan discuss a cue

Scoring mixer Dennis Sands

Music editor Ken Karman and composer Alan Silvestri

Composer Alan Silvestri and score coordinator Dave Bifano examine a cue

The A-Team was released in theaters from 20th Century Fox on June 3, 2010. A soundtrack album, featuring Silvestri’s score, is available from Varese Sarabande Records.

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