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Casino Royale Soundtrack — Sibelius Keeps Up With Bond

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David Arnold’s score successfully revised for 11th-hour changes to film’s action sequences

London, 17 January 2007 — Just a few days before the orchestral recording of David Arnold’s soundtrack for Casino Royale at AIR Studios, some major changes were made to the film’s action sequences.

Jill Streater and colleagues from Global Music Service had already created the printed parts for the orchestra to play and were, at first, understandably, a little concerned.

However, thanks to the flexibility and intelligent features of Sibelius 4 - the music notation program used by the team - they were able to amend the timings and cues in the full score to fit the new sequences in a matter of hours. The team used Sibelius’s Dynamic Parts™ feature to automatically generate and print out all the revised instrumental parts. The orchestra were blissfully unaware of the major changes to their scores, and recorded another stirring Bond film soundtrack.

“Sibelius enabled us to change cues substantially and make lots of other revisions really quickly - stuff that simply couldn’t have been done any other way”, says Jill. “We were able to adjust the full orchestral scores as we were given the changes by the orchestrator Nicholas Dodd, so that the timings and music fitted the new action sequences. Then, because of the Dynamic Parts feature, the different instrument parts were just there — ready to print. Amazing, really. Despite all the last minute revisions I’m glad to say the recording process went really smoothly.”

Jill is used to working with Sibelius to hit tight deadlines. Over the past year Global Music Service have worked on many movie scores including Patrick Doyle’s “Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire” and newly released “Eragon’, Jeff Danna’s “Closing The Ring’, and a new David Arnold score for “Hot Fuzz” — just recorded — using Sibelius every time.

“It’s like an extension of my arm! I can’t imagine working without it these days. In fact, if we did, I just don’t think we could meet studio deadlines.”

The whole soundtrack was recorded at AIR Studios in London in a one-week period with an orchestra of 74 players. It was mixed, mastered and released within three weeks of the recording — a tribute to modern production techniques.

Jill and the team were very happy with how the recording went, and with how well the soundtrack enhances Casino Royale. And as for the new Bond heartthrob, Daniel Craig, Jill probably sums it up best. “He certainly does it for me!”

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for “Casino Royale” is out now on Sony Classical
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