Composer Russ Landau with his guitar and virtual symphony
Hollywood, Calif.-based composer Russ Landau has created “sizable” orchestral scores for a string of television programs without a live orchestra; instead, choosing Ilio Entertainment’s Vienna Symphonic Library.
“The end result of using sample libraries is that they save money. Producers know they can shave off $20,000 from an orchestral budget by using samples,” Landau says.
Landau admits that his preference is to work with live musicians, but adds that using the VSL is a way to “give producers what they want on their terms.”
Landau recently used VSL—which was created by a team of more than 40 producers and engineers—to score reality TV projects such as Survivor 9, Fear Factor, The Assistant and Average Joe. “I make a lot of my own samples for individual shows and movies I score, because I don’t want my stuff to sound like everybody else’s,” Landau relates. “Vienna allows your work to sound unique, as long as you’re writing your own music. With the loop-based stuff, a monkey could score a film, but everyone’s film is going to sound the same.”
Landau says that he will soon be employing the Vienna to help score an upcoming film titled The Lost.
For more information on Ilio’s Vienna Symphonic Library, visit www.ilio.com.