David Schwartz talks about Arrested Development Soundtrack

TV News | May 23rd, 2013

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Arrested Development finally premieres on May 26th on Netflix! Can’t Wait! David Schwartz, The man behind the music of the cult TV series (or should it be could call Stream Series now?), talked about the music and the score of the show. The music was always quirky and hope we get to listen to it on a soundtrack at some point.

Thanks to loyal fans and Netflix, Arrested Development is back! Fans of Arrested Development are as gung-ho about the music as they are about the show. Composer David Schwartz (Deadwood, Northern Exposure), who composed the music for the entire series, is back for a fourth season, and a movie to follow. Schwartz composes both the original score and songs for the series.

“The music for the series has always been eclectic. From the signature Tahitian ukulele cues to the ultra mock-serious orchestra cues I always strive to do something unique with the music. Often it’s more about writing fun music … as opposed to funny music. And it’s so important to match the comedic timing and pace of every scene.”

Schwartz continues, “I really wanted the music to grow and hopefully expand on the first three seasons. Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of Arrested Development, is brilliant, and inspiring. He’s highly musical himself and is a cornucopia of ideas, musical and otherwise. Mitch, music editor Jason Tregoe Newman, and myself get together and discuss scenes and musical concepts. That said, I have a tremendous amount of creative freedom. This season, there has not been a temp track. For the most part, Mitch hears the score for the first time on the dub stage. This level of trust is unique and inspires me to work even harder.”

Schwartz attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. David’s first scoring job was the multi Emmy award winning hit, Northern Exposure. It earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition for its memorable theme song.

Over the last two decades, he has scored numerous shows, films and main title themes including: Deadwood (Emmy Nominated for Main Title Theme), Gonzo: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson. The Playboy Club, Reaper, Chaos, The Inbetweeners, Wolf Lake (Emmy Nominated for Main Title Theme), and the VH-1 hit, Two Of Us, based on a fictional post-Beatles reunion of Lennon and McCartney.

And now, after a 6 year hiatus, Arrested Development fans everywhere are eagerly anticipating the return of the Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning series Arrested Development.

“Season 4 was unusual in many ways. All fifteen episodes are interconnected. Different viewpoints of the same scene appear in multiple episodes. One goal was to be more thematic with the score and the characters. Longer episodes and scenes have allowed me to develop musical themes and ideas. Arrested can have a ton of music, sometimes 60 to 8o cues per episode! We work very hard. We also have a great time as everyone on the show is fun to be with and hysterically funny too – possibly as much fun as watching it.”

The entire fourth season of Arrested Development will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning May 26, 2013.

For more information on David Schwartz visit, www.davidschwartzmusic.com


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