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Disney Pixar's Monsters University hits Campus with Music from Randy Newman and Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia.
Disney Pixar's Monsters University will rock you featuring music from award-winning composer Randy Newman and Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia. Filmmakers also tapped the Atlanta-based hard rock band Mastodon to serenade the film's monster mother, Ms. Squibbles.
Oscar®- Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning composer/songwriter Randy Newman is back, marking his seventh Disney Pixar film. The 20-time Oscar nominee's wins include 'If I Didn't Have You' for Monsters, Inc. and 'We Belong Together' for Toy Story 3. The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member created a full Alma Mater titled Monsters University, establishing a recurring collegiate theme. 'We recruited the team at Pixar Canada to record the Alma Mater,' said Scanlon. 'We needed a giant crowd of crazy monster students to be singing it and the Canada team was great for this the end result is sort of perfectly 'off.' Actually, the first time we recorded it, it was really good. I had to say, Guys, these are college students at a sporting event, let's mess it up a little bit.'
Newman added a unique flair to his score, calling on renowned international drum corps The Blue Devils to contribute a definitively collegiate sound. The composer also incorporated concert band music to exemplify the feeling of being in school. 'In fact,' said Newman, 'There's a little bit of Brahms Academic Festival Overture when Mike is riding the pig. I like to think Brahms would be extremely flattered by his inclusion in the score.'
The score recorded with a 112-piece orchestra features a few character themes, including an accordion tune to help illustrate the less-than-cool status of the Oozma Kappa fraternity; a laidback shuffle to introduce Sulley; and the aspiring Scare student Mike Wazowski is often accompanied by a clarinet that, Newman notes, changes as Mike's character arc evolves.
When Mike and Sulley find themselves in the midst of a fraternity party, filmmakers wanted to showcase their monster moves but first they needed the music. Enter Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia with a party song called 'Roar' of course featuring an upbeat electronic dance sound that even monsters could appreciate. 'We wanted to keep it funny, funky and at the same time a bit cool with a hint of monsters in it,' said Axwell.
Scanlon approved. 'It's really a fun song. I remember watching the animator work on this scene. As he played back the song, the artist at the next desk who wasn't even working on the movie couldn't help moving his feet. Obviously, that guy had been hearing that song for days, but yet the second he heard it, he just had to move his feet.'
Faced with the question of what a sweet mother monster might listen to during a free moment, filmmakers decided to push the envelope. 'We love the character of Ms. Squibbles - she's a doting mother but full of surprises,' said Scanlon. 'So when she drops off the boys and says, 'I'll just be here listening to my tunes,' we thought it would be funny if those tunes were some of the most intense heavy metal imaginable. Mastodon was the obvious choice. She rolls up her windows and blasts it.'
They chose an existing song from the group called 'Island.'