"Restoring the Light" tells the story of a Chinese eye doctor who sells his home to establish an independent mobile clinic for the underserved in rural China - a brave journey of the human spirit that honors the power of individual will and seeks to inspire compassion for greater social change.
The main challenge this score presented was finding a sound that would fit the scenes without making them look over-dramatic or taking away from the reality of the characters and storyline. My approach was to stay away from sample instruments, piano, orchestra or anything cinematic, and find a fairly ambient yet human and organic sound.
As a result, the score is almost exclusively made with live recordings. Nearly everything you hear are real guitars, ukuleles, charango, strum stick, mbira, cajon, and a selection of ethnic percussion and string instruments treated with synths and effects. In addition, I invited my friend Tina Guo to record the cello parts, bringing a whole new level of expression and human touch that shaped the score all around. Hope you enjoy it!
released October 1, 2011
Music by Daniel Rojas
Featuring Tina Guo on cello
Produced & Mixed by Daniel Rojas
Score Co-Produced by Andrew Raiher
Recorded & Mixed at Theme Park Studios, Santa Monica, CA
Mastered by Justin Shelton at Studio 389, Dallas, TX
Guitars, Ukulele, Charango, Percussion: Daniel Rojas
Recording Assistants: Stephen Lukach, Andrew Lembo
Cover Art by Yen Tan: ottoistheone.com
Official Movie Site: restoringthelight.com
Daniel would like to thank: his family and friends, Klaus Badelt and team, Carol Liu, Tina Guo, Andy Troy, Janet Lee, Daniel and Peggy Hsieh.
*All profits from the sales of this album will be donated to charity organizations committed to improve the life and conditions of the population followed in the film. Details to follow.
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