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Alex Lifeson outro track from The Double film score now online

Thu, Sep 1, 2011@4:36PM | comments

UPDATE - 9/9@10:29AM: Harmony Central posted an article yesterday (thanks Cat M) on how Alex and engineer Rich Chycki used the AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone from Audio-Technica when recording Alex's parts for the score. Here's a quote from Chycki from the article:

... Alex wrote some really interesting guitar pieces and added his touch to a number of existing feature pieces in the movie, in addition to writing and performing the composition for the closing credits. Iíve always been a fan of ribbon mics on guitars, but usually they are very fragile. My friend Joel Singer from M3 [Music Mix Mobile] told me about the virtues of AT4080, so I checked it out, and Iíve been very impressed. The AT4080 has all the great sonic characteristics of a ribbon, but without the fragility that often plagues that type of microphone. I was very pleased with the character of the AT4080 Ė so much so, that we used it as the core microphone for the heavier guitar tones. ...

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We learned earlier this year of Alex Lifeson's involvement with the film score for a new spy thriller due out later this month starring Topher Grace and Richard Gere titled The Double. The film was co-written by Derek Haas and director Michael Brandt and features original music by film composer John Debney with a little help from Alex Lifeson. Alex plays guitar on the score throughout the movie and also wrote the outro track which is titled Don't Look Back according to movie co-writer Derek Haas, who posted the information to The Rush Forum earlier this month.

... I wrote the movie THE DOUBLE that comes out next month. Alex Lifeson played guitar on the score throughout the movie (the great John Debney composed it). We asked Alex to write a song for the closing credits and he wrote/recorded "Don't Look Back," a brand-spanking new single. ... How this came about: Michael and I got to know Alex and Geddy when they were in LA finishing Snakes & Arrows. Alex is a movie-buff and literature-buff and he expressed interest in scoring films. (I hope you detect my admiration shining through... he's truly one of the greatest guys I've ever met. Geddy too, but that's a different story.) As we were putting THE DOUBLE together, Michael and I told Alex we'd love for him to be included any way he wanted. We did the movie for very little money so we weren't going to be able to afford him but we wanted to throw it out there. He was between the two tours so he asked us to send him the latest cut of the film and he started talking to the composer (Debney) via email and the phone. Then he just went to town... the guy is astonishing. And generous. The single is definitely not a RUSH song but you can sure here Alex's distinctive "voice" all over it. ...

We had already been aware from reports earlier this year that Scarlet Sins vocalist Sylvya NuVynska and Skinny Puppy founding member cEvin Key also play on the outro track, and that Rush sound engineer Richard Chycki handled the mixing duties. Earlier today Haas posted a 2-minute audio clip of Don't Look Back to YouTube. You can listen to the clip below or at this link.

The film will be released to theaters in the US on September 23rd.