SoS transcribes a Wish for Disney

Symbols of Sound’s latest film musical project is Disney’s “Wish”. The film contained eleven song tracks which needed to be transcribed from audio to sheet music for use in localization.

This was a project that spanned several months. Various countries needed to start preparing performers to create the localized versions before final edits on the film were complete. SoS had to work from versions of the songs in an early edit of the film, and review later edits for any changes that affected the sheet music. SoS would then provide Disney’s localization teams with updated sheet music and a list of any changes.

While this may sound cumbersome, and presents obvious challenges for localization; it enables films to be released to audiences worldwide simultaneously. Otherwise audiences in some countries would have to wait weeks or months to see a film until local language dubbing is completed.

Journey to Bethlehem

SoS takes a journey with Adam Anders

Adam Anders’ directorial debut, “Journey to Bethlehem”, is currently in theaters in the USA. The film, starring Antonio Banderas, Fiona Palomo, and Milo Manheim, imagines the biblical story of Christmas as a pop musical.

Anders and Sony Pictures realized that they needed more than standard film localization materials to translate a story told through eleven songs in varying styles. Symbols of Sound was tasked with transcribing all vocals from the film and creating foreign vocal sheet music guides for international translators and dubbing performers.

“Journey to Bethlehem” will have theatrical releases in numerous countries over the next month.

The Children's & Family Emmys logo surrounded by posters and logos from Zombies 3, Super Kitties, Eureka!, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, Alice's Wonderland Bakery, Hamster & Gretel, Big City Greens, Cars on the Road, The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse, Mickey Saves Christmas, Kiff, and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday.

The Children’s & Family Emmys Nominations

Symbols of Sound worked on thirteen productions that were nominated for 2023 Children’s & Family Emmys in various categories. Congratulations and good luck to…

  • Alice’s Wonderland Bakery
  • Baymax!
  • Big City Greens
  • Cars On the Road
  • Eureka!
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  • Hamster & Gretel
  • Kiff
  • Mickey Saves Christmas
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
  • SuperKitties
  • The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse
  • Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 3

We are proud to help bring your music to audiences around the world!

The Marvels film poster

A Marvel-ous Autumn

As summer wound down, work picked up at Symbols of Sound. The autumn months at SoS have had a breathtaking amount of activity including…

  • music preparation for a orchestral studio recording of a stage musical
  • music preparation for 4 big band charts from hand-written scores
  • vocal transcription for over 100 episodes of television
  • vocal transcription for 3 feature films, 2 of which were musicals.

The first of the feature films, The Marvels, was not a musical; however it had a surprising number of vocals that were an important part of the story. Disney needed to ensure the vocals were transcribed properly for foreign dubbing, and turned to SoS once again.

The Marvels releases in theaters on Friday, November 10, 2023.

SoS goes to Theater Camp

You can’t have a summer theater camp without singing. SoS provided music transcription for yet another of this summer’s films, “Theater Camp”.

The comedy will be in theaters July 14, because that’s summer in the USA, and that’s when camp happens. We don’t know if there will be singing and dancing whiskered felines in unitards, but it is always possible!