The whole thing started with a phone call "out of the blue" followed by our
"audition". We were summoned to the headquarters of Goldcrest Films in London and shown
to an upstairs office where Sr. Morricone pounded a ricketty, out-of-tune, upright
piano and sang tune after tune at the top of his voice. "Can you play this?"
enquired his son. few days later we were sitting in CTS studios recording the opening
sequence of the film, where Sr. Morricone, seated on a high stool, produced
a small plastic recorder from his top pocket and alternately improvised
musical phrases on it and pointed it at each of us to do the same on a
variety of drums, panpipes, etc. It went down in one take.
After three days of somewhat intense recording there was blood on the studio
floor - hands from drum walloping and lips from panpipe riffing. Ah, the
things we do for art.
All soundtrack samples in the movies section appear on Tony's Album Camera and can be purchased from the MP3 Download section.