One of my favorite projects from the Asterisk days is this short film we did for Nickelodeon.
The film is the largely the work of Matthew Stoddart who conceived it, storyboarded and designed it.
He also made the single most important decision leading to the film’s success.
He called Yomo Toro and asked him to create the music track.
If this is a good little film -and I’ll contend that it is a very good one -it’s because of Yomo’s beautiful and haunting soundtrack.
He passed away over the weekend. Here’s the New York Times obituary.
The recording session was a little tricky. We consented to record at his friend’s place in Jersey City. They had a nice home set up, but it wasn’t really state of the art. Fortunately, JZ Barrell, who did the mix and the sound edit, came along. He’s pretty familiar with old school recording techniques and was able to ensure we got what we needed from technical standard.
The track was an original composition by Yomo and each instrument was laid down in separate takes to the same 1/4 inch tape master.
The session started in the evening and went late into the night. The later it got, the better the guys played. Looser, more playful.
He was a terrific musician and that was a fun recording session.
The animation on this film was done by Ed Smith. Winnie Tom did the 3D animation of the origami