Orchestra creates recording for DreamWorks Animation project

String orchestra and advanced string orchestra created a professional recording of their music Wednesday, April 24 in the band room.

This recording of the orchestral arrangement of “Taylor the Latte Boy,” musical-inspired pop music written by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Allison and sung by Kristin Chenoweth, was requested by two DreamWorks Animation employees who reached out to the band directors. The clearest parts of the recording will be put together by a sound technician. This will then be used as the background music for the employees’ animation project, which will be uploaded to YouTube as well as submitted to DreamWorks Animation.

“The way that the song is, you’ll have bits of exposed vocal and bits of orchestral accompaniment, so if you mess up, it will come out in the recording,” advanced string orchestra clarinetist junior Daniel Knott said.  “I’ve never had this kind of experience before. I like that when the video is finished, I’ll be able to look back and say, ‘Hey, that was me.’”

Orchestra’s music was captured by strategically-placed microphones. To maximize sound clarity, both orchestras also faced the opposite direction from which they normally played, and members were arranged differently to ensure there was the same number of people around each microphone.

“It was pretty interesting,” advanced string orchestra double bass player senior Kenrick Lee said.  “The whole orchestra was arranged completely differently to get equal sound. We also had to match the video, so we had a really locked-in tempo.”

Both orchestras practiced the piece every day in class and at home for the last two weeks.  They also arrived at zero period 20 minutes early the day of the recording to set up and fine-tune the song.

“It felt nice to be a part of something and help someone out,” string orchestra violist freshman Olivia Lee said.  “I practiced extra because it was for someone else’s project. I wanted it to be good for them.”

By Tara Kulshrestha, Staff writer
Photo by Erin Tan