In The Cloud - Original score for Sony pictures Crackle

Due for release on February 8th 2018 'In The Cloud' is a new feature film for Sony Pictures Crackle streaming service.

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In The Cloud OST:

dBs Productions have overseen the production of the film score for 'In The Cloud’, supporting composers John Matthias and Jay Auborn (Race to Zero) to create a unique sound-world befitting the film's colour charged energy, dark unexpected twists and multi-layered VR sequences.

We were asked to work with the themes ‘does innovation test our humanity? and ‘what is lost as we increasingly reside in virtual worlds?’ - To evoke this we created distinctly digital sounds and processes, often corrupted sounding and distorted, contrasted against lush string arrangements based on our early improvised sketches working from the script. We also worked with a small vocal group from the Exultate Singers. Their voices were used to express the humanity in the music, but were often processed to create fragmented rhythms and drones that are distinctly human but digitally altered.  We worked with a small intimate team at dB Productions right from the start, they captured every sound and note played, and worked in collaboration with us to build a unique sound world to set the score within. 
— Jay Auborn - Composer/Producer
 
 Sketches session - John Matthias and Jay Auborn

Sketches session - John Matthias and Jay Auborn

 

Directed by Robert Scott Wildes (Poor boy) and written by Vanya Asher (Heroes) 'In The Cloud' is a high-octane, sci-fi thriller set in London.  The film explores the consequences of advanced VR and AR systems, centering on two estranged tech geniuses who create a way to explore memories as VR worlds.

dBs Productions provided sound engineers, assistant producers, studio facilities and music editors for the score's production.  Recording sessions took place in-house at our facility in Bristol and on location in Sofia, Bulgaria working with the Vitosha Philharmonic.  The dBs Pro team traveled to Sofia with the composers and worked alongside engineer Plamen Penchev and conductor Grigor Palikarov to capture Chamber Strings for the score.  

 The Vitosha Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria - Conducted by Grigor Palikarov

The Vitosha Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria - Conducted by Grigor Palikarov

Roles within the team at dBs Productions were fulfilled by learners across dBs Music Bristol courses.  Leading the project were Toby Lewis and Giorgio Cortiana who acted as lead sound engineers and assistant producers.  Their role required an understanding of traditional recording techniques but also an enthusiasm to try new and experimental techniques.  Working as a team we built custom fx processes which gave the score a distinct colour and sound.

 dBs Music student Toby Lewis builds a sample library for percussion tracks

dBs Music student Toby Lewis builds a sample library for percussion tracks

Along with recording the original score, three dance tracks were commissioned by the composers to soundtrack scenes set in nightclubs.  In search of an authentic club sound for these scenes the composers asked for submissions from dBs Music students who work within dance music genres. Over 40 tracks were submitted and auditioned with the final 3 selected by the composers and films director.  Two of these tracks were woven into the score to create dream like tapestries of sonic memories to support on screen action.

 The Exultate Singers - Recorded at Invada Studio Bristol - Conducted by David Ogden

The Exultate Singers - Recorded at Invada Studio Bristol - Conducted by David Ogden

Full music credits:
Music by John Matthias and Jay Auborn
Music Produced with dBs Productions by Jay Auborn

Music Production Team:
Toby Lewis - lead sound engineer / assistant producer (dBs Music)
Giorgio Cortiana - lead sound engineer / assistant producer (dBs Music)
Thomas Berry - Music editor / mix engineer (dBs Music)
Suvi-Eeva Äikäs - Music editor
Dan Couch - Music editor
Plamen Penchev - Sound Engineer / Sofia

Musicians:

Louis Saint-Davis - Commissioned Composer / Sound design (dBs Music)
Kevin De Cristofaro - Commissioned Composer / Sound design (dBs Music)
Adam Clements - - Commissioned Composer / Sound design (dBs Music)

The Vitosha Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria
Conducted by Grigor Palikarov

Exultate Singers - Recorded at Invada Studio Bristol
Conducted by David Ogden

J Auborn