March 24, 2015 – Here’s another first for Star Wars purists to digest and process: For the first time ever, composer John Williams will not be recording a Star Wars soundtrack with the London Symphony Orchestra. Instead, Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be recorded in Los Angeles using a freelance orchestra, Starwars.com reports. This will be the first time a Star Wars score has been recorded in the United States.
The first six Star Wars movies were scored at Abbey Road, U.K., and recorded with the world-famous London Symphony Orchestra. While there is no definitive explanation for the change, some are speculating that Williams’ older age and the burden of overseas travel may have influenced him to stay in California.
The 83-year-old composer and conductor has previously worked with a freelance orchestra on other scores, including Jurassic Park and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Audiences will likely not discern a difference in recording quality.
Williams is currently composing the score for Episode VII, which will premiere on 18 December 2015 – just nine months from now. Recording will take several months while he works in tandem with the film’s editorial team.