Radio Theatre's At the Back of the North Wind Soundtrack Now Available

As much of the United States is seeing snow and feeling chilly winds, there's a great new soundtrack to listen to this time of year. Foc...

As much of the United States is seeing snow and feeling chilly winds, there's a great new soundtrack to listen to this time of year. Focus on the Family has recently released the original score for FOTF Radio Theatre's At the Back of the North Wind.

This amazing score composed by the uber-talented Jared DePasquale is now available to be listened to and appreciated independently of the audio drama. The music from the drama was composed, conducted, and orchestrated by Jared DePasquale. The orchestra was recorded by Grammy-nominated engineer, Terry Christian at OceanWay Studios, Nashville, TN, in the winter of 2004 and mixed by Adam DePasquale at GAP Digital, Wheaton, IL.

DePasquale conducts the orchestra at OceanWay Studios

About the score for this production, Jared DePasquale had this to say: "As a kid, I absolutely loved the fantasy genre. I was a huge fan of all things Narnia and Lord of the Rings. When Dave Arnold called me in 2003 to tell me about the opportunity to score George MacDonald's At The Back of the North Wind, I was elated. This would be my first opportunity to write music for the fantasy genre, and I spent so much time thinking about 'the sound' I wanted to create. I tried to capture something that might have been from the Impressionist era, like something Debussy or Ravel may have written. I'm not sure I succeeded in that, but I found myself in new territory, growing by leaps and bounds as I tried to capture these very surreal scenes with The North Wind. Fourteen years later, I still find myself enjoying the score and really appreciating the mile marker that it became for my journey as a composer."

Mixer Adam DePasquale (seated left), 1st chair of 1st violins David Davidson (standing on left), orchestra contractor David Angell (standing middle) Jared DePasquale (standing far right), engineer Terry Christian (center front) in the Studio A control room at OceanWay

DePasquale also said, "What made this project really fun from a recording perspective was the fact that FOTF was going to release the product as a 5.1 surround mix. As a result, Terry recorded the orchestra in 5.1. There were so many room mics all over the studio so we could capture true back left, back right, front left, front, right, plus center. While the soundtrack release is stereo, we have mixes in our archives that are 5.1. To hear an orchestra in 5.1 is absolutely unbelievable."

You can get your own copy of the At the Back of the North Wind soundtrack on Amazon and iTunes.

You can also get a copy of the full audio drama itself from Amazon (MP3)Amazon (CD) and iTunes.

Austin Peachey is a die-hard reader and audio drama fan. He's run the Adventures in Odyssey Blog for over 9 years and has produced a few audio dramas of his own. He's also worked on the 2nd edition of The Official Guide to Odyssey and can be heard on Iliad House.

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