Raiders of the lost mu­si­cal art

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

HARRISON Ford has been a hero to WASO flute and pic­colo player Michael Waye since the ac­tor’s film ca­reer be­gan.

So it has been a sen­ti­men­tal jour­ney down mem­ory lane for Waye as he re­vis­its Ford’s film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which will screen June 15 and 16 with the mu­sic score per­formed live by WASO.

“I grew up along the north­ern beaches of Sydney and was study­ing at Can­berra School of Mu­sic when the film came out in 1981,” Waye, of West Leed­erville, said.

“It’s been nice to re­live these larger than life fig­ures; the dra­matic sto­ry­line, and the fan­tasy el­e­ment with ad­ven­ture is what I re­ally like.

“It ap­peals to the travel bug I have; a lot of them (In­di­ana Jones films) are set in ex­otic des­ti­na­tions like the Mid­dle East and Egypt, which are places I have as­pired to go and have been to.

“I’ve vis­ited some of those Egyp­tian tem­ples; one of them I’ve ac­tu­ally played at.”

Waye, who joined WASO in 1987 and lec­tures at UWA, said cre­at­ing John Wil­liams’ sound­scape for the film was chal­leng­ing and in­volved more mu­si­cians than many peo­ple would think.

“When you look at the stage there are about 120 to 130 peo­ple sit­ting on there with their in­stru­ments,” he said.

“It’s ex­cit­ing for the au­di­ence to see that process hap­pen­ing live while the film is be­ing shown. It’s also in­ter­est­ing for us to see how it all slots to­gether.

“The pic­colo is the small­est and loud­est in­stru­ment in the orches­tra and it’s used a lot in the Raiders score dur­ing all the car chases and fight scenes; any­time there’s any­thing dra­matic, there’s usu­ally a pic­colo or flute float­ing around.”

Waye said the con­certs were part of a global trend of sym­phony or­ches­tras play­ing to film screen­ings, which were a great way of tak­ing au­di­ences be­hind the scenes of the film sound­track.

“Watch­ing a film with­out sound doesn’t have the same im­pact at all,” he said.

Picture: An­drew Ritchie d454588

El­lie Lawrence and Michael Waye will help per­form the Raiders of the Lost Ark sound­track.

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