LCAD Animated Shorts Scored and Recorded in Capitol Records Storied Studio A »


Alexander Burke of Magnolia Memoir in Capitol Records Legendary Studio A.

On Saturday, August 3rd, the Laguna Concert Band packed up their gear and headed to the legendary Capitol Records Studio A in Los Angeles where they recorded original music to accompany two short films produced by Summer Animation Master Class students at Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD).

“The Big Dad Wolf,” is a traditionally hand-drawn animated short,  while “Un Garçon et Sa Bête” (“A Boy and His Beast”), was created using stop-motion animation. The latter is produced in a laborious process where students make all the puppet characters and sets and then animate each piece in single frames.

Film productions were supervised by return Summer Animation Master Class instructor, Stephen Chiodo, who also guided LCAD students through the production of “The Sock Thief,” a stop-motion animation film (featuring music composed by Laguna Concert Band Music Director, Ed Peterson and funded by a Seven-Degrees of Inspiration award of $5000, part of the 2013 Art Stars Awards) and first-time Summer Animation Master Class instructor, veteran Disney animator, James Lopez.

“Studio A is famous for having stars like Frank Sinatra and The Beatles record their music there and I have connections to Capitol Records through engineering friends like Fred Christopher Spielvogel,” explained composer Alexander Burke, commissioned to create music for the two films.

Burke, also the son of LCAD president Jonathan Burke, said he took inspiration from the score of films such as Wes Anderson’s celebrated film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Burke, a 32-year-old composer and musician, specializes in keyboard instruments but also is versed in other instruments as well. He has performed on Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central’s Mash Up and with Amy Poehler.

“For ‘Beast’ I used an ‘80s sound with synthesizers and horror movie orchestration. I could create musical landscapes that are done in finer strokes than heard in today’s short movies,” he said. “I got to compose themes and melodies you can hum or sing back, something that composers don’t get to do very often.”

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The above text comes from edited copy that appeared in an article in the Laguna Beach Independent written by Daniella Walsh.