Brian Langsbard (MLB All-Star Game Composer)
'Hey Now, You're An All-Star!'
Composer Brian Langsbard has scored the original music for all five living U.S. Presidents which will appear in a special video prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Fox!
Film & TV composer Brian Langsbard ('Batman - The Animated Series) scores the music for the historic video featuring the five living presidents. United States President Barack Obama along with former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will appear in an unprecedented video address as part of a special ceremony prior to the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on FOX, Tuesday, July 14 at 5pm PST / 8 p.m. EST.
The video will mark the first time all of the living U.S. Presidents will participate in a ceremony at a sporting event. Following the video, President Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch which will also be choregraphed to live music by Langsbard. This marks his third live to event performance in a row for Major League Baseball.
The Presidential video address, which will run approximately seven minutes, will be part of a pre-game celebration honoring the 30 “All-Stars Among Us,” men and women who are being recognized by Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine for their selfless acts of giving and service to their communities.
The 30 honorees, one representing each MLB Club, were selected by fans online at www.PeopleAllstars.com as part of a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine, with nearly three quarters of a million votes cast.
BREAKING NEWS! - The music from the MLB All Star game has been nominated for Best Music for a Sports Emmy!
The music from the MLB All Star game has been nominated for best music for a Sports Emmy. I don't know if you ever do updates or addendums on interviews but I thought I would pass along the good news.
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Chatting one-on-one with Brian Langsbard, I first wondered more about his composition for this MLB All-Star Game. Indeed, how had he been first approached to be involved in such a historical event? "I have been composing for MLB Productions since 2000. I have mostly been doing theme and background music to their shows but in 2005 they wanted me to do some music for an on-field event at the World Series. Then in 2007 they wanted me to do music for the All Star Game opening ceremonies and we've been doing that show ever since then. Each year it gets more and more ambitious and we refine the process further."
The seven minute pre-game celebration score consists of over 80 instruments and a choir, how long did you work on this piece before it was finished? "I only had about a week or so to do it. It is written for that large of an ensemble but it is produced on a computer using samples representing that group. You probably wouldn't know it if you heard it. MLB producers are confident that it sounds real."
In addition to the video score, you also composed the live music which will be heard when President Obama throws out the ceremonial first pitch. What sort of inspiration did you draw from to create the music for such a prestigious honor? "I downloaded the YouTube video of Obama's inaugural address and I composed music to that video until I felt I had a solid end composition."
As a young aspiring composer, you used to sneak into the Warner Brothers and Sony Pictures studio scoring stages. What did you learn from being immersed in the creative environments of such modern composing greats as Alan Silvestri and Jerry Goldsmith? "The greatest lesson I learned was to not show panic, frustration or distress of any kind. Silvestri and Goldsmith and other incredible pros are often light-hearted and jovial on the podium. It keeps the mood light and makes things productive. Producers don't always relax and if you transfer their manic stressball behavior on to your orchestra and engineers you will get a lousy product."
You’ve also worked on the compositions for television shows such as “City Confidential”, Oxygen’s “Snapped” and "Batman: The Animated Series”. Give us a little insight into your creative process in scoring original music for these series "They send me the video and then I write music to it. I use my computers and software to produce a final audio track. If I don't get a chance to go to the gym or go for a jog then it takes a really long time for me to get the music out. Otherwise it's just the complex process of throwing my fists at the keyboard until nice sounds come out."
You’ve already made a name for yourself among Hollywood’s young composers. What can we expect from you next and what would you like to see working on in the future? "I'm continuing working on Snapped for Oxygen network and other work for MLB productions. I am in the process of scoring a documentary about Gene Roddenberry currently as well. Production is very slow right now so I'm lucky to have the work I have."
Finally, and throwing you a journalistic curveball (insert baseball pun here!), Exclusive Magazine loves penguins, do you? "I think that's illegal in the state of Missouri!"
Interviewed by Erin Stranyak
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