Benjamin Wallfisch scores The Darkest Minds

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Dan Goldwasser

Earlier this spring composer Benjamin Wallfisch recorded his score music for the new sci-fi action film The Darkest Minds, based on the popular novel of the same name. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3), the movie’s scoring sessions took place at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox, and is delighted to bring our readers exclusive photos from the session!

Tim Williams conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

Conducted by Tim Williams, the score for The Darkest Minds was recorded with a 72-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony. Strings were recorded separately from the brass, and mixed together.

Tim Williams conducts The Darkest Minds

The violins perform on The Darkest Minds

The cellos and basses

The French horns perform on The Darkest Minds

Tim Williams conducts the strings

The trombones and trumpets

The low brass ensemble for The Darkest Minds

Tim Williams conducts the cellos

In the control room, composer Benjamin Wallfisch was joined by scoring mixer Joel Iwataki, who made sure everything sounded spot-on.

The control room during scoring for The Darkest Minds

Wallfisch was joined by lead orchestrator David Krystal, tech assistant Sara Barone, music editors Amanda Goodpaster and Nate Underkuffler, ProTools recordist Vinny Cirilli, and score recording assistant Alice Wood. Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson was also at the session, and spent some time out on the stage enjoying the experience of watching some of the best musicians in the world hard at work for her film.

Composer Benjamin Wallfisch

Lead orchestrator David Krystal

Composer Benjamin Wallfisch and scoring mixer Joel Iwataki

The Darkest Minds director Jennifer Yuh Nelson watches the orchestra perform

Inside the booth at Fox as Benjamin Wallfisch scores The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds is now in theaters, and a soundtrack album is coming from Milan Records.

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