In this very special podcast extra interview Mike Wabro explains to Mike Thornton how he was able to surgically remove the music from the mono film sound track to leave just the dialog and effects.
Removing polyphonic music from a mixed track has been the holy grail of audio manipulation. There are some solutions for taking a vocal out of a mixed stereo track with a variety of success including the new ADX Trax but this project undertaken by sound editor Mike Wabro was very different.
The brief from the client was to produce a music free mix of the David Lean classic Brief Encounter so that the London Philharmonic Orchestra could play live in sync with the film for 3 special performances in August this year.
The Sound Examples
Mike Wabro has let us have some before and after examples which are still ‘work in progress’ he still has some work to do as there is still the odd note showing or some words still needing some work on them before the live performance. Thanks Mike for being willing to share your work whilst you are still fine tuning. There aren’t many people who would share their work whilst they are still refining it, so thanks Mike for being so open.
At the Southbank Centre on August 15th, 22nd & 29th David Lean’s account of a romantic affair will be accompanied by live music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and is the centrepiece of a three-week series of films screened in the Royal Festival Hall.
David Lean’s 1945 film traces the affair of a married doctor and suburban housewife who meet on a train platform and features Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 throughout its soundtrack: in fact, the film was largely responsible for bringing this epic work to fame.
If you would like to experience the event and all Mike’s hard work on the film soundtrack the you can book tickets on the South Bank Centre’s web site. It is also hoped to be able to tour the work around the world in due course but as yet we do not have any dates for this.
Thanks and credits
We would like to thank Mike Wabro’s clients for giving us permission to describe this process in detail and for permission to enable you to listen to two clips before and after Mike has worked his magic.
Mike’s work has been completed on behalf of ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Sound Services supplied by Nick Pocock & Mike Anscombe of Deluxe Media at Synxspeed House in Denham, with the sound editorial help of Steve Felton of The Sound Design Company & music removal restoration services of Michael Wabro from Audioinsight.