Hey Twerds. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack was nominated for an American Music Award so we’ll all need to show them what we’re made of by voting HERE! Voting ends on Friday, November 12, 2010. The winners will be revealed live during the 2010 American Music Awards on SUNDAY NOV 21 8|7c.
MTV had the chance to chat with Eclipse soundtrack contributing artist Emily Haines of Metric about the song her band will have featured on the soundtrack. Here is what she had to say:
It’s not exactly breaking news when the folks behind the wildly successful “Twilight” soundtracks tap indie acts to appear on their albums — at least not after last year’s “New Moon” ‘track featured contributions from the likes of Bon Iver, Lykke Li and Grizzly Bear.
But on Wednesday, as MySpace Music unveiled the list of bands that would appear on the upcoming “Eclipse” album, a few names stood out from the fold; chief among them was Metric.
Over the years, the Canadian quartet — led by frontwoman Emily Haines — have forged a reputation for being fiercely independent, making their own path and, as much as possible, shying away from the limelight, to the point that, to be honest, appearing on a major motion-picture soundtrack didn’t seem to be anywhere on their list of priorities.
Haines didn’t debate that point when she sat down with MTV News to discuss her band’s involvement with “Eclipse.” The idea seemed impossible to her until, she said, a famed composer gave her a call.
“I have to say it was unlike any experience I’ve ever had. … I got a phone call from Howard Shore, who is, in my opinion, the best, heavyweight film composer out there. He did the scores for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and, more importantly to me, he did all the David Cronenberg films: ‘The Fly,’ ‘Naked Lunch.’ He’s an amazing, brilliant musician,” Haines said. “[He] calls me and says, ‘I want to write with you … I want you to write with me, for the song at the end of the movie, the penultimate moment, where the whole score culminates in this incredible scene.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ ”
From there, Haines — working off a copy of the “Eclipse” script — got to work writing a song based on the experiences of Bella Swan. And much like her involvement in the project, writing a song through someone else’s eyes was something she never dreamed she’d be doing.
“I had to … really try to embody the voice of Bella, which I’ve never done. I’ve always been interested in that — writing for film — and it was really cool to feel the emotions of someone else, and then try to express it in a way that’s consistent with Stephenie [Meyer]‘s books,” she said. “It was so interesting for me. And [Shore] had also written the [chord] progressions, and we had to work within his melodic ideas, but still make it us. … He really wanted it to be Metric. So it’s, like, Metric and Howard Shore, writing this moment. And when you see the movie, you’ll hear that the melodies from the song we wrote are part of the score. … I can’t believe my luck, and it was really cool to work with him.”
Yes … It’s official. Our song “All Yours”, co-written with the legendary film composer Howard Shore and performed by Metric, is going to be featured in the movie Eclipse, the next installment in the worldwide phenomenon known as the Twilight saga.
I’ve always wanted to write music for film, but I never expected to start with something on this scale, so you can imagine how surprised I was when out of nowhere I got a phone call from Howard Shore, who I’d never met or even spoken with before. Most people know him as the man who wrote the acclaimed score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I grew up on Shore’s earlier works– his score for David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch in collaboration with jazz great Ornette Coleman still stands as one of the most ambitious & unusual scores out there.
To my amazement, Howard was calling to ask me to work with him on his latest project: scoring the next Twilight movie, Eclipse. He wanted Jimmy & I to write the theme song for the pivotal last scene in the movie, integrating the music from his existing score into a composition that would express the emotional ending of the film. Seriously?!?!The lyrics would have to be in the voice of the main character Bella, and we had to stay within the confines of harmonic and melodic themes Howard had in mind for the last scene.
We’ve had songs from our albums licensed for use in movies & tv shows before, but composing for a score was completely different. Every day as the song progressed–from sitting at the piano with Jimmy in NYC recording acoustic versions and reading the script (see photo below), to working at Howard’s studio upstate, to tracking vocals at our own studio Giant in Toronto, to mixing at Electric Lady with Howard on the line from Abbey Road in London– every step of the way we did our best to fulfill Howard’s vision of the film’s last moments.
Still, everybody knows the movie business is insanely competitive, and for things like this, it’s never a sure thing until the movie is done and the picture is locked…
But as of today, it’s happening. Our song, “All Yours”, is in the movie and will be the lead off track from the soundtrack, to be released on June 8th.
I don’t have to tell you what an honor it was to be hand picked by Howard to do this work. We are massively grateful for the opportunity & hope you all enjoy Metric’s first ever film composition.