Daniel Pemberton Talks About “Scratching the Orchestra”


I found this tweet thread from Daniel Pemberton, the composer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, about how they put together some of the music for the film, utterly fascinating:

So – here is how we ‘scratched the orchestra’ for #Spiderverse. We’d go record and mix all the live players – then get it transferred to ‘vinyl’ – then spend ages putting the notes back in the mix bar by bar […]

This scene here (nicknamed ‘bongo train tug’) we worked on for ages, trying to get every scratch and musical move to mirror the action and movement in the animation and on screen.. No one had really done anything like this before so we were working out how to do it as we went.