John Debney scores The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Posted on February 6, 2015 by Dan Goldwasser

Last year, Oscar-nominated composer John Debney recorded his score to the new family film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the sequel to the hit 2004 film based on the popular television show. The music was recorded at the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros., and is thrilled to bring our readers exclusive photos from the scoring sessions!

Composer John Debney conducts the orchestra on his score to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The 85-piece Hollywood Studio Symphony was conducted by John Debney. Much of the music we heard at the session we visited was underscoring the large-scale action setpieces, and the score certainly benefited from the large ensemble on the stage.

The strings

The brass

The woodwinds prepare for the next cue

The French horns

The basses

The violins perform on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water under the leadership of concertmaster Belinda Broughton

The cello section

In the booth, scoring mixer Shawn Murphy was working diligently to ensure the sonic quailties of the recording were spot on. Also on hand to lend feedback to Debney out on the stage were orchestrator Kevin Kaska, as well as music editor Jeff Carson. ProTools recordist Erik Swanson and musician contractor Dan Savant were also in the booth.

Orchestrator Kevin Kaska, composer John Debney, and scoring mixer Shawn Murphy watch playback and discuss the score

Contractor Dan Savant, music editor Jeff Carson, and ProTools recordist Erik Swanson

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opens in theaters today; there is no word of a score album at this time.

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