This blog is to let you in on a little bit about the behind the scenes process of what it takes to get a musical # done. We are very lucky to have such a dynamic group of performers. Half of the amazing cast are either singers or musicians, so scoring the show has been quite easy.
We have used a collective of music, such as Tiki Housemans's (The Big Deal) "Freaks" album, which has scored quite a bit of the show, Emily Ravenscraft's (Sarah) original violin music, Molly Gazay's (Maggie) Original Music and Genna and Jesse's hits from their album "Gin and Tonic" among many others who will be joining along the way.
However, the original music has been a little more challenging and definitely more time consuming.
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Most of the time on a big set, with a large budget, you would get to go into a studio. The tracks will be laid down, and the singing actor would do their thing.
On Puppet People, we have a great deal of this in house.
Molly Gazay, the Co- Creator and Writer of the series, has written all the musical #'s to date. As well as putting the scoring together.
After the track is laid down, she will add her vocals in, for the actor learning the song. Once the actors are ready to put there own vocals down, Sean O'Connor, Dean Moore and Molly Gazay, will have the performer come in and sing there part.
Molly directs the actor on character, vocal inflections, while Sean and Dean set up the equipment, and Dean provides technical audio feedback, i.e.," it was too loud or soft, as he monitors the Zoom H4N and directional mic used to record directly into Garage Band. "
Then Molly will take the vocals, mix them and add background vocals if needed.
It is quite a fun process and we are excited to show some of these songs off to the world and the talented individuals who are performing them!