Danny Elfman on Why He Was ‘Terribly Unhappy’ with How the ‘Batman’ Score Was Used

The score for Tim Burton’s 1989 franchise launcher “Batman” may have earned composer Danny Elfman a Grammy nomination, but the composer apparently wasn’t happy with the outcome in terms of how the music was used.

As revealed on a recent episode of Premier Guitar (via The Hollywood Reporter), Elfman said that the dub incorporated into the Oscar-winning film obscured the gravitas of the orchestra.

In other words, he was “reasonably happy” with the score itself, but not with the transfer of the music to film.“I was terribly unhappy with the dub in ‘Batman’,” said Elfman, for whom the film marked his 10th score.

“They did it in the old-school way where you do the score and turn it into the ‘professionals’ who turn the nobs and dub it in.

And dubbing had gotten really wonky in those years.

We recorded [multi-channel recording on] three channels — right, center, left — and basically, they

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