Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Hear ye, hear ye! It's The King's Speech!

With nominations in 12 categories, Tom Hooper's The King's Speech is what you'd want to look out for at the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards.

The soundtrack score crafted by the Oscar nominated Alexandre Desplat features classically-inspired orchestral music which sensitively and elegantly mirrors the on-screen drama. Desplat himself conducts the score with piano solos played by Dave Arch.

The humble microphone has a poignantly ominous presence within the film, reflecting the King’s fear of public speaking. Coincidentally, when Director of Engineering Peter Cobbin was told the recording would take place at Abbey Road Studios he recalled discovering some microphones dating back to 1923 in the EMI Archive at the studios. The EMI Archive Trust granted permission for these to be used and so the recording was made using the very microphone through which King George VI used to give his speeches, bearing the royal coat of arms and insignia.

Read our review of the soundtrack here, and watch this space to stand a chance to win a copy of the album!

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