The Lord Of The Rings is without a doubt one of the greatest film trilogies of all time, with a phenomenal soundtrack to match.
Guitarist Bradley Hall has set out to prove that; turning the entirety of The Fellowship Of The Ring into “one giant metal song!”
“So, as a culmination of months of pandemic-induced boredom/frustration/madness I plucked up the courage to finally do it myself!” says Hall.
“Howard Shore’s music from the legendary Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy captivated me ever since I first heard it was back in 2001,” he wrote. “It was so epic, majestic, mystical… and pretty damn metal!”
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If you’ve never been exposed to Peter Jackson’s interpretation of Middle-Earth, the extended film runs for a whopping three hours.
In describing his process, Hall wrote that he “painstakingly tempo-mapped the entire movie audio to a grid so that [he] could program drums over it.”
Then, “it was ‘just’ a case of lying-down all the drums and guitars.”
If it isn’t clear how long that would take, Hall breaks it down:
- Tempo-mapping and programming drums: 2 months
- Recording Guitars: 1 month
- Mixing: 3 days
- Filming: 4 days
- Editing: 3 days
Ironically though, Hall called the task “not very demanding technically” but was “incredibly monotonous, dull and time-consuming.”
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Even more excitingly for Lord Of The Rings fans, is Amazon’s upcoming series The Rings Of Power. Set thousands of years before the original series, a new ensemble of characters will face the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.
“I can’t experess enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey throug Middle-earth!” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Our talented producers, cast, creative and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this untold and awe-inspiring vision to life.”
The series will hit Amazon Prime Video on September 2, 2022.