Popular Composer/Arranger/Conductor Sets Up Composition Suite
Popular Hollywood composer, arranger, and conductor Chris Walden has taken up residence in Ocean Way’s new Studio C production suite. Walden, who has worked often in Ocean Way’s big Studio’s A and B tracking/mixing rooms is now at work in the new adjacent writing room.
“The advantage of having my own writing room here at Ocean Way is that when I am done with the writing, the recordings can be done right here, as well,” explained Walden. “When the musicians arrive, I can just walk across the hall to conduct the big bands or orchestras.”
Walden previously worked at Ocean Way on such projects as the Paul Anka Christmas album “Songs of December”, which was recorded by Al Schmitt in Studio A, and for the NBC series, “The Playboy Club”, produced by Richard Marx in Studio B.
“I won’t be doing much recording or mixing in Studio C,” added Walden, “but I do have a little Pro Tools HD rig to maybe record a single instrument, listen to a rough mix, or do some editing. I have Finale notation software, which is like pencil and paper for me, and my Yamaha KX-88 is an old master keyboard, but the action feels really nice, like a real piano.”
“We couldn’t have a better client to launch Studio C, the first of a number of our planned production suites,” remarked studio manager Robin Goodchild. “And with our new affiliation with the film/TV Sunset Gower Studios next door, it makes for an even better creative fit.”
Walden is a four-time Grammy nominee, has scored more than 40 feature and TV films, and has written more than a thousand orchestral and big band arrangements for artists including Christina Aguilera, Michael Bublé, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, David Foster, Paul Anka, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Christopher Cross, and for orchestras like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, among many more. He has orchestrated for Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, and Natalie Cole.
Walden’s recent film credits include the feature film “Monster Mutt”, TV movies “Alien Siege”, “Crimson Force”, Gene Wilder’s “The Lady in Question”, and the CBS mini series “Blonde”. Since 2007 Walden has also been a principal arranger for “American Idol” and now works as arranger for “The tonight Show with Jay Leno”. He has been musical director on many TV shows and series, and has worked on more than 100 CDs. As an arranger and bandleader he has worked with jazz artists including Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, Ernie Watts, Tierney Sutton, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, amongst others.
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