After composer Henry Jackman appeared at last week's Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film TV Music Conference's " EDM Invades Hollywood" panel" with Dust Brother Mike Simpson, KCRW's Jason Bentley and Junkie XL, Billboard sat down with the composer to discuss his latest projects and his approach to film scoring (see video below).
Here, the composer discussed the Disney animated film "Wreck-It Ralph" which topped this past weekend's box office hauling in some $41.9 million, according to the Associated Press. While Jackman has a history of scoring animated and action films, this marks the first time his orchestral work has partnered with the electronic work of Skrillex and AKB48. He also discusses the challenges of recreating a classic "Namco 8 bit music" sound (circa Pac-Man or Frogger) without "sounding too hi-fi."
Jackman spoke about his work on the film, plus his next project, "The End of the World," a Seth Rogen-directed comedy with "outrageous horror" elements. "You leave all the paint pots you've used at the door," is the way Jackman explains moving from animation to a film wildly different in tone. This from someone who also composed the music for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer" and an upcoming "G.I. Joe" film set for release in spring.