Ladyhawke Alternate Score in Numbers

Now that composing the Ladyhawke alternate score is finished, it’s time to look back. Here’s some numbers about the project:

  • The total running time of the movie is 1 hour 58 minutes (118 minutes).
  • The alternate score consists of 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) music. (This is a little more than the original soundtrack by Andrew Powell who let the music pause between some scenes that I connected musically.)
  • I started with composing the main titles before christmas 2017 and finished the whole score a few days ago, roughly amounting to 3 months time.
  • In that timespan there were 75 days on which I composed music.
  • Based on update timestamps of my project files I worked on the score for 304 hours (including mixing).
  • My average composing session was 4 hours long.
  • I saved my project file 83 times to a new version.
  • There are 33 scenes/tracks. Actually there is one more, but it’s brief and musically not so interesting, so I haven’t included it in the final score.
  • There are 150 sync points with changes of mood or scenery or on-screen actions that needed to be reflected in the music.
  • The tracks are in average 2:20 min long.┬áThe shortest track is 34″ long, the longest 4’55”.
  • The project makes use of 80 instrument tracks, each one containing an instrument or articulation of that instrument.
  • The audio/mixing application holds 107 channels including group and effect channels with 25 effect plugins (equalizer, reverb, compressor…).
  • The music is based on 5 themes/motives: Curse Theme (Main Theme), Navarre’s Theme, Isabeau’s Theme, a motif for Philippe (rarely used) and the Bishop’s Theme (mainly used as a theme for his guards).

I hope you found that interesting and feel inspired to binge-listen to the alternate score which will be made available on this website very soon. Meanwhile I invite you to watch the Ladyhawke Alternate Playlist on YouTube!

5 thoughts on “Ladyhawke Alternate Score in Numbers

  1. David says:

    I am interested in syncing this audio to the movie, could you share the movie time stamps for each track so i can sync it properly?

    Very awesome, by the way! While I am all about maintaining movies in their original form, the sound track for this gem is just plain hard to cope with.

    1. Alexander S. says:

      Thank you, David, for your kind comment! Yes, Ladyhawke is pretty awesome and it was quite a challenge to come up with something different without ruining the whole thing. Unfortunately I don’t have the timestamps. I just imported the video in my DAW and went directly from there. I’d love to see the whole movie with my music score, but I have no means to replace the original score with my music without removing the whole audio, so I guess we have to leave that to our imagination. Enjoy the music & best wishes for you and your baby!

  2. David says:

    Nevermind. Between taking care of the baby and skimming your site, I didn’t think to check your Youtube channel. Awesome work!

  3. Kirk says:

    Nicely done! It would be fascinating to watch the film with your score. Aside from somehow obtaining an un-scored copy of the film that will be nearly impossible. I am sure the number of hours and effort needed for SFX and ADR would meet or exceed what you put into your fine score.

    1. Alexander S. says:

      Thanks, Kirk, for your kind comment! Yes, indeed that would be a great thing, but I guess we have to rely on our imagination for that. Final cuts without score are generally hard to find, not only in this case.


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