Some people may not pay too much attention to the soundtrack of a film, but, wow, the element of music can really add a new dimension to a scene. You know when the mood is changing and when things are are about to make a turn. This is where incredible musicians like Brett Swain and Bleu McAuley come in. Together, they created the score for Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.
Brett Swain and Bleu McAuley
Did you know that each of the characters in Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast have themes? Brett Swain (Music Supervisor) explained to us how each of the main characters have a theme, as well as other things (such as the storm) that are important to the film. The themes are often melodic, but they also want them to be “peculiar, unique sounds.” This is a compilation of those sounds:
Therefore, with Gruff, they wanted a sound that would tell you he was near the moment you heard it. Knowing the NeverBeast had lived for thousands of years in Fairy lore, and that he would most likely live forever, the instruments used needed to be “primitive” in nature. So he simply went to hardware and toys stores looking for ideas and inspiration. Bleu ended up finding several garden glazed pots that he could balance on a drum stand and then play with a drumstick. Each one produced a different pitch perfect for Gruff’s primitive, earthy feel.
But Gruff also needed something big and loud. He is often stomping around and just a large character. Therefore, Bleu took large metal trash cans and recorded in a long tile hallway. This gave the illusion of a really big sense of space and something large in it.
Other than Gruff, Bleu and Brett also had to create a sound for the storm and the towers. He decided that Whirly Tunes would actually be perfect for the feeling he was looking to produce. As they fly around they sound like wind whistling through trees. Plus, by cutting them into different lengths, they could create a large variety of tones. If you listen close at the beginning of the movie, these Whirly Tunes are the very first sound you hear.
The only true melodic thing among the pallet of instruments that they used was the Dulcitar. They discovered that as Bleu would fret the instrument while a percussionist would use dulcimer hammers to play the strings. This became Fawn’s theme. It’s versatility allowed them to create each of the moods that Fawn experienced through the emotional journey of the film.
Finally, Bleu created an interesting instrument through the use of pipes, string and duct tape. It became the instrument of choice for Nyx, the Scout Fairy. It was important not to be militaristic with her. She isn’t a bad fairy, she simply has a bug heart and wants to protect the fairies in Pixie Hollow. Therefore, the percussive sound and faster rhythms worked well for her character. She was in so many action scenes and swooping through the forest, so it gave her a distinct, metallic tone that just seemed to work for her.
This thrilling fairy action-adventure is now available on Disney Blu-ray™ & Digital HD!