Back in late March, I went out to Pixar Animation Studios for a press event for Cars 2 and went on to participate in many roundtables with a variety of individuals who worked on the film. Directly after watching some half-an-hour of footage, we were whisked away to sit in on a discussion with the awesome composer Michael Giacchino. He had already been working on the music for the film and was actually set to start recording that weekend. What followed was one of the highlights of the entire junket, as it was almost like sitting in a class with Professor Giacchino teaching students about how to write music and create memorable themes. Class is in session, so get ready to learn from the brilliant Michael Giacchino. [Read more…]
Cars 2 Soundtrack Available For Pre-order On iTunes & Amazon [Update: Download It Now!]
What do Lost, Star Trek, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Up have in common? If you said that they are all a nice thing to watch for a great time, you would be correct. One of the reasons they are that great is the music playing with the footage – music that can make you laugh, smile, or even cry. Composer Michael Giacchino is the genius behind the curtain on those films and his music is currently playing with Super 8. In a few weeks, his music will grace movie theaters around the world when Cars 2 debuts. However, the original soundtrack will be released a week before the film and is now available for pre-order.
UPDATE: The soundtrack is officially available for download:
Exclusive: Composer Michael Giacchino Talks Cars 2, The Incredibles, Lost, Inspirations
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to participate in a roundtable with Cars 2 composer Michael Giacchino. The Academy Award winner has earned much praise throughout the last decade for his work on Alias, Lost, Star Trek, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and of course Up, the film for which he won the Oscar. This year, the incredibly busy Giacchino has composed the music for Fringe, Super 8, and still managed to find time to return to Pixar to score Cars 2. Check out my exclusive questions for Michael Giacchino, where he discusses his inspirations, his past work, and his time on the upcoming Cars 2. [Read more…]
Final Cover Art For Cars 2 Soundtrack Revealed?
Over the weekend, The Pixar Blog stumbled upon Amazon and shared what may very well be the final cover art for the “Cars 2 soundtrack album.” After the soundtrack for Toy Story 3 was only released digitally, it seems that Disney has decided to return to releasing an Audio CD as well. While we do not have any official details as to who will be providing their voice to the music tracks, composer Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Up) is set to return to Pixar once more. Read on to take a look at the newest artwork for the Cars 2 album! [Read more…]
Composer Michael Giacchino Talks Storytelling
Demand for Michael Giacchino, composer for The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Up has skyrocketed in recent years. Previously working on scoring soundtracks for video games (like Medal of Honor), he made the transition to television with the popular Lost. Now, he is one of the busiest composers in the industry, often working with J.J. Abrams and Pixar. He has a packed slate, as he will be composing music for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and this year’s Pixar film, Cars 2.
At Pepperdine University, he sat down to talk about his career and his approach to outputting those beautiful medleys that we have become accustomed to listening to – the “Married Life” sequence in Up, anyone? Click on over to the Pepperdine Graphic to read the fascinating article.
Contest: Win Tickets To See Randy Newman Live In San Francisco! [Closed]
Randy Newman has played an integral role in Pixar films, composing and singing many of the studio’s famous musical pieces. He is a 2-time winner at the Academy Awards, most recently winning for the song “We Belong Together” on the Toy Story 3 soundtrack. Additionally, in his illustrious career he has also won 5 Grammy Awards.
In April, he is on tour, playing concert venues throughout the United States. Not only will Randy Newman play some of his own music, but he is also set to play many songs from his work at Pixar. On April 22, he is playing the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, which is part of the SFJazz Spring Season, and The Pixar Times is pleased to announce that we are giving away four pairs of tickets to the show! (UPDATE: The contest is now closed) [Read more…]