Composer Matt Morton discusses the process of crafting the score for Apollo 11. He discusses the origins of the music, the instruments he used, the tedious process of recording, and he breaks down the elements of a cue.
Directed by Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13), Apollo 11 recounts the momentous days and hours when humankind took a giant leap into the future. Miller's frequent collaborator Matt Morton wrote, orchestrated, performed, recorded, and mixed all of the music for the film and its trailers using instruments available at the time of the 1969 mission, including the Moog Synthesizer IIIc, the Binson Echorec 2 (tube echo), and the Mellotron (an early keyboard sampler).
Crafted from a newly discovered trove of audio recordings and 65mm footage — including shots of the launch, the inside of NASA's Mission Control, and recovery and post-mission activities — Miller’s immersive documentary yields surprising moments of humor and camaraderie, along with remarkable new insights into key events of the celebrated 1969 lunar voyage.
Now playing at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Special thanks to NEON, CNN Films, and Milan Records.
To listen to the full APOLLO 11 soundtrack, click here: hyperurl.co/apollo11
Visit Matt online: mattmortonmusic.com/
Producer & Editor: Adam Schoales
Supervising Producers: Aaron van Domelen and Sasha James
Production Manager: Tessa Lai