Brian Tyler scores Battle: Los Angeles

Posted on June 16, 2011 by Dan Goldwasser

Last summer, composer Brian Tyler recorded his score for the hit sci-fi action film Battle: Los Angeles. Reteaming Tyler with director Jonathan Liebesman (Darkness Falls, The Killing Room), working from a screenplay written by Chris Bertolini, the film focuses on a platoon of marines who defend Los Angeles during an alien invasion, and stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Michael Peña and Noel Fishe.

Brian Tyler conducts Battle: Los Angeles

The Hollywood Studio Symphony performs on Battle: Los Angeles

Scoring took place at the Streisand Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, where Tyler conducted a large ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony. The energetic and action-filled music was supplemented with pre-recorded instruments that Tyler himself performed and recorded at his studio in Los Angeles. Additionally, a choir was recorded (also conducted by Tyler) adding another epic layer to the music.

Brian Tyler conducts Battle: Los Angeles

Concertmaster Endre Granat

Brian Tyler makes some adjustments to the score on the piano as music editor Joe Lisanti and director Jonathan Liebesman observe

The French horn section

The brass section

The choir sings on Battle: Los Angeles

Here’s a video that Brian posted from the scoring session!

In the booth, Joel Iwataki handled the scoring mixing duties, aided by ProTools engineers Kevin Globerman and Larry Mah. Score mix supervisor Gary Krause and music editor Joe Lisanti were also on hand to lend support and feedback. Director Liebesman was very hands-on with the process, giving invaluable feedback and suggestions to Tyler through the process.

Scoring mixer Joel Iwataki

Director Jonathan Liebesman, his father and composer Brian Tyler

Music editor Gary Kraus, ProTools recordist Kevin Globerman, orchestrator Dana Niu and music editor Joe Lisanti

Brian Tyler and director Jonathan Liebesman discuss the score

ProTools recordists Larry Mah and Kevin Globerman

The Hollywood Studio Symphony performs on Battle: Los Angeles

Battle: Los Angeles has grossed over $202 million worldwide, and a soundtrack album was released on Varese Sarabande Records. The film came out on DVD and Blu-ray June 14th.

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