How did Encanto create its spectacular Colombian music?
by Jaskiran Kaur | Thu, 03 Mar 2022 17:41:47 GMT
Encanto features the story of a magical Colombian family; Credits: Disney Movies

Encanto proved to be a roaring success for Disney with a fetching storyline that did not leave a single eye dry and a music playlist that could run in your head for weeks on end. The series features an enchanting Columbian musical collection, courtesy of composer Germaine Franco and Score mixer Alvin Wee

Encanto has won the Best Animated Feature Film Golden Globe and is ready to grab an Oscar for the same title as it is already nominated for one. The story of Encanto continues through three generations of the Madrigals, a magical family that may break out into song at any given moment. 

Songs like "We Don't Talk About Bruno," "Surface Pressure," and "Dos Oruguitas," which earned a Golden Globe nomination, have been on the tongues of people for a while now. The music was also helped to be brought together by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Apart from its catchy tunes that broke music records, Encanto also received a nomination for the Best Original Score for the 94th Academy Awards. The nod is so much more attention-worthy as the film features work by Germaine Franco, the first woman to earn the title for a Disney film. 

She employed the help of the traditional Colombian instruments as she combined them with Latin music and the popular Western music tends for the film's songs. Franco was helped by score mixer Alvin Wee to bring together the music, and together they added magic to Encanto. 

Sharing what it actually means to be a score mixer, Wee shared with Screen Rant that it is like being presented with all the ingredients he needs for a dish and then mixing them in the right quantities and presenting them to his audience. The composer creates the music while the score mixer helps put it together. 

The job requires him to work with computer software in a recording studio, where he can bring the pieces together. Usually, the score mixer and the composer work together to bring out the envisioned tunes. 

The score mixer shared that he grew up as a musician, playing in bands, and then went to school to learn how to record. He shared that he did not have access to much technology in his growing years, but he learned as he found an opportunity in college and later taught himself to put it together. 

Alvin Wee, Germain Franco, and Miranda worked together for Encanto with another score mixer. The team relied on each other as they communicated their ideas and collaborated throughout the process. 

As Encanto is just not a "musical, but it's also a movie," the team had to make sure that the music they created properly played into the scenes of the film. The team hence worked on bringing such music to life that correlated to the film. 

He also employed the help of his friend David Boucher, a song mixer, and Dave Fluhr, a re-recording mixer. The music went through a long and trying creating stage which was soon followed by an equally trying post-production stage. 

Sharing how they decided what kind of music they wanted, Wee said that they need to know the specific Colombian style they would bring into play. They did some research into Columbia and the music of its regions along with the unique sound and palette of the distinctive music. 

The mixer then found cumbia, a style that has music you could groove and dance to, and found the right instrumentation for it. They decided to play cumbia when the film would show shots that looked like the events were happening in Colombia.  

Sharing his challenges along the way when he had to master a different kind of music, Wee appreciated having his team along with him for the journey. He explored more into music and used YouTube to broaden his knowledge so that he could learn different techniques. 

Encanto has a kind of music that would retain its freshness for the years to come. Having sourced from a distinctly unique culture, it is only true that the catchy tunes would be sung over and over again. 

Yet, the sound and music in the film all along were exceptional, too. It helped create suspense, show familial emotions and struggles through apt consideration, and helped make Encanto the magical experience it is.