PMA Academy: REMOTE RECORDING – BEST PRACTICES
Many clients express disdain for recordings that sound ‘synthy’, and want live instrumentation in their music. During the epidemic, recording live musicians has new challenges, particularly for music requiring larger ensembles like orchestra. What are the best practices for recording great musicians on your tracks remotely? What are the optimal ways to exchange data? What resources can we use to find musicians who can record themselves effectively in a home studio environment? How do we communicate effectively with musicians when we are not sharing a space with them? What are the best digital tools for tidying up audio that has not been recorded to optimal specifications? How can we effectively simulate the sound of large ensembles when we are all isolated?
Alan Lazar, Composer and Senior Director, Catalog Music, STX Entertainment
Alan recently completed scoring Netflix Original movie Holiday In The Wild, starring Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe, directed by Ernie Barbarash. Previously he scored Netflix Original movie The Most Hated Woman In America, starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, directed by Tommy O’Haver.
Alan has scored more than 50 films and TV shows, including Sex and the City and An American Crime, starring Ellen Page and for which Catherine Keener received an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination. He is well known for his catchy, toe-tapping scores for the Real Housewives franchise, for which he has scored a total of 15 seasons. Other work includes material for HBO, ABC, MTV, Showtime, PBS and many more. Recently he scored the prestigious BBC Show “Natural World”, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Alan’s score for Otelo Burning was nominated for Best Soundtrack in the African Oscars. Previously, his score for Gangster’s Paradise/Jerusalema was rated one of the best scores of the year in Film Music magazine. A wildlife documentary he scored for National Geographic, Swamp of the Baboons, was nominated for the Best Nature Programming Emmy. Alan also scored Angels In Exile, a documentary narrated by Charlize Theron.
He founded the Lalela Music production music catalog, which has enjoyed millions of broadcast performances globally. In 2017, the catalog was sold to STX Entertainment. Alan is now Senior Director of Catalog Music at STX.
Alan won a lifetime Recognition Award at the Wawela Awards presented by performing rights society, SAMRO. He also received a Mark Awards nomination for Best Ambient Track for “Hammer Will Fall.” The Mark Awards are the highest award in the production music industry.
He was born in South Africa, where he was keyboard player and producer in multi-platinum selling band Mango Groove. They performed at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, and toured extensively around the world. He also wrote African Dream, a Song of the Decade nominee. He travelled to the US as a Fulbright Scholar, and completed his MFA at USC Film School.
Roam was his first novel, published by Atria Books and translated into 8 languages, which was runner up for the Los Angeles Book Festival Best Fiction award.
Alan is a member of the Television Academy, BMI, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and the Production Music Association. He lives with his family in Calabasas, California.
Alan cooks a mean chili, loves Texas Hold Em poker, and giggles uncontrollably when he gets overly tired.
Learn the answers to 10 Questions from BMI to Alan.
To find out some more interesting facts about Alan, please visit his Simon and Schuster page.
Chris Tedesco, Session Brass Player
Trumpeter Chris Tedesco has been one of Los Angeles’s top call players since his arrival in 1987. Equally at home performing Jazz or Classical, Commercial or Pop music, Chris’s sound can be heard on numerous recordings for Movies, TV shows, TV Commercials, CD recordings and Video Games. He also has performed numerous live dates with some of the biggest names in the industry. Chris is also very active in the “business end” of music as a Musician Contractor/Project Manager for some of this recorded and live work as well. Back in 2010, his jazz CD release “Living the Dream” received rave reviews and a number EIGHT ranking on the jazz radio.
A recent list of his Movie credits on the Los Angeles studio include: The Knight Before Christmas on Netflix, Dolly Parton’s Netflix Christmas movie called Christmas On the Square due out 2021 and the song “This is Me” from the Greatest Showman.
Other movies: Need for Speed, Burlesque, Finding Nemo, Olympus Has Fallen, City of Gardens, Norbit, Star Trek First Contact, Their Eyes Were Dry, For Your Consideration, Best in Show, Batman Begins, Ironman 1, Road to Perdition, The Mexican, Nixon, Absolute Power, Heaven and Earth and many of the Justice League and DC Comics cartoon movies.
Television theme credits include the current themes to Homeland, American Horror Story Cult Season, and Monday Night Football. Other Television soundtrack credits include The Politician on Netflix, Narcos, Perpetual Grace, SWAT, Madame Secretary, Feud, The Quad, Timeless, Jessica Jones, Castle, The Americans, Scorpion, Parenthood, The Kennedy’s, The Playboy Club, Desperate Housewives, American Idol, Army Wives, The Latin Grammy’s, The SAG Awards, The Star Trek TV series, The District, Chicago Hope and many more.
The Angel City Horns led by Chris have recorded on the hit tunes “Don’t Cha Wish” for the Pussy Cat Dolls, and Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” and “Nasty Naughty Boy”. Other song credits include Morrissey, Andra Day, Gloria Trevi, Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse, C-Lo Green, Gnarles Barkley, Joe Cocker, Michael Buble’s “It’s Time”, Josh Groban’s “Closer”, Harry Shearer, Dwight Yoakum, Pat Boone, Royal Crown Revue, and Dianne Schuur among a few.
As far as TV commercials go, Chris has played Trumpet for everything from Avis to Zillow, from Arby’s to Volvo….too numerous to list!
Live performances include the first two seasons for the Los Angeles Chargers upon their return to LA. Other past live performances include Frankie Valli, Don Rickles, Johnny Mathis, Tom Jones, Chayanne, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Donna Summer, The Four Tops, Temptations, Michael Feinstein, Rene Olstead, David Foster, Josh Groban, Shakira, The Irish Tenors, Barry Manilow, Royal Crown Revue, The Moody Blues, Christopher Cross, Jim Belushi, John Tesh, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Sammy Davis jr., Dianne Schuur, Lionel Hampton, Joe Cocker, Michael Bolton, David Raksin and many more.
Chris has his own website – www.christedesco.com where you can see and hear all that he does. He also has three CD’s available – the recent jazz CD mentioned above, a classical CD entitled “Introducing Chris Tedesco” and a Christmas CD entitled “Joy to the World” which is jazz and classical Brass Quartets. They are all available on www.christedesco.com, www.Amazon.com, I Tunes and www.cdbaby.com
Jason LaRocca, Producer / Engineer / Scoring Mixer
Rocker-turned-engineer, Jason LaRocca, is formerly known as the singer/guitarist of acclaimed punk band, The Briggs. By the age of eighteen, the Los Angeles native had also become a full- fledged producer and recording engineer.
Having worked with the gamut of movie studios, he has recorded and mixed music for such major motion pictures as “Aquaman,” “Bad Boys for Life,” “Paddington,” “The Accountant,” “Joy”, “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” “Blockers,” Blumhouse horror hit “Ma,” and the 2018 Oscar-winning documentary “Icarus.” Jason also mixed the music for the smash-hit video game “Fortnite.”
In his true multi-faceted style, Jason not only engineers scores, but often produces them as well — creating sound design and instrumentation.
Jason has also had his hand in a great deal of television and video game score recording and mixing. His TV credits include ABC’s long-running hit fantasy series, “Once Upon A Time,” “Godfather of Harlem,” “Black Mirror,” “American Crime Story,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “American Gods,” and Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger.”
Jason’s upcoming projects include feature films “Bill and Ted Face the Music,” Marvel’s “Morbius” and video game “Cyberpunk.”
For more on Jason, please go to: www.jasonlarocca.com
Lisa Liu, Co-Founder, Unison Orchestra
As an orchestral contractor, Lisa Liu has hired hundreds of musicians across the country for the tours of the Zelda Symphony, the National Geographic Symphony, and EDM band Above & Beyond. She has contracted musicians for sold- out shows at the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, for performances at Coachella with Duran Duran, Gorillaz, and for TV shows and films America’s Got Talent, RBG, The Tonight Show, and most recently, Homecoming Season 2. She has recorded on over 200 TV and Film scores, including the most recent three Star Wars films with John Williams, A Star is Born, Toy Story 4 and A Quiet Place.
Lisa attended The Juilliard School for 9 years, receiving a Pre-College Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance while studying with world-renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. For more about Lisa, please visit www.lisaliumusic.com
Alongside fellow Juilliard alumni, composers Laura Karpman and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony, and Hollywood veteran engineer, Brad Haehnel,
Lisa created the Unison Orchestra, a virtual network of composers and musicians striving to continue working from their home recording studios in the midst of a massive global shift.
Andrew Gross, Partner, Konsonant Music/Bulletproof Bear
Andrew has composed original scores and licensed his music to hundreds of features and episodes of TV. Scoring credits include: Bio-Dome (MGM), The King of Queens (CBS/Sony), and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (New Line). He also works as a music supervisor on the current Netflix series I Think You Should Leave, Astronomy Club and the just released TBS series, The Dress Up Gang (also serving as composer). He is a board member of the PMA and an adjunct professor at New York Film Academy, teaching Music for Documentaries for the MFA program. He is a partner at Bulletproof Bear and PMA member library, Konsonant Music.