It’s impossible to continue just to make music and ignore the serious threats to our security and the safety of passenger aviation. Tightened security has focused primarily on threats from the past, and reactive measures that can only prevent existing, known dangers. You know where I’m going with this: we need to evaluate screening methods and other security provisions to respond to the significant issue of snakes on a plane. I just can’t believe no one is doing anything about these motherf****** snakes.

Cult-hit-before-it-was-even-released movie Snakes on a Plane has none other than Trevor Rabin composing the musical score, as if I needed an excuse to bring up Snakes on CDM. Rabin has had an incredible history as a musician. Born to noted classically-trained parents, he went on to co-found the wildly successful Rabbitt, recorded a significant anti-Apartheid anthem, played with Yes, and wrote their #1 hit Owner Of A Lonely Heart. He even worked with Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, and Rick Wakeman. Now, like some other former rockers (Stewart Copeland comes to mind), Rabin has become a successful film composer, with a distinct action-movie tilt. (Armageddon, Bad Boys II, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds — no chick flicks in there, really.) Pictured: both “Rocker Trevor” and (from SoundtrackNet’s great story on Snakes) “Composer Trevor.”

And Rabin is a Mac guy. His studio Jacaranda Studios is powered by Power Mac G5s and, evidently, too much cool gear to list. Various reports suggest he uses both MOTU Digital Performer (like Copeland) and Pro Tools (probably because the studio guys require it). It’s funny, even though audio often gets bounced to Pro Tools for compatibility, film composers really largely prefer Digital Performer to anything else out there, and it certainly includes the most film scoring functionality. If you want to get inside his studio:

Home Recording visits Trevor Rabin

Trevor Rabin Scores Snakes on a Plane [SoundtrackNet]

Don’t try to get in touch with me at 10 pm tonight, incidentally, because I will be at the first show. (Check out the official site for a fun Flash feature that lets you record custom Samuel L. Jackson messages for your friends.) And will I be disappointed when the movie is awful? Absolutely not. I’m betting on it.

  • bliss

    Say what you want but Sam Jackson is one smart mofo! See, he knew, he KNEW what the potential of Snakes On a Plane had. He knew that if it turned out great then that would be great. He also know that if it turned out to be rotten that it would STILL be great. Either way he placed his bet he KNEW that he was going to win. SOP is gonna smash the box office. Nothing is in the way to stop it for quite some time. Genius or ingenious, call it whatever you likel. He KNEW!

  • bliss

    Actually, that should be "SOAP" not "SOP", mofo.

  • Heck, yeah. And it sounds like it is true that Jackson and other members of the cast told the studio that changing the name to something silly like "Atlantic Air Flight 211" or whatever they called it would kill it.

    It's a movie that's absurd, escapist, and done entirely for fun. Sounds like just the thing. I'll let you know.

    And, of course, now we know Trevor had to watch it hundreds of times. 😉

  • My top Rabin soundtrack recommendation: The 6th Day. Yes, I do mean Arnie's SF / Cloning thriller. I borrowed this, and it had a soundtrack-only audio track on the DVD. After the blandness of Con Air, Armageddon etc., this is where he started sounding like himself again IMHO…

    PS: his album Can't Look Away is top stuff too.

  • ecstasteve

    Trevor has been a Mac guy forever .. I remember that my 7500 (8MB RAM & a 1GB HD!!) came with some extra system sounds created by Trevor way back on OS 7.0 or thereabouts.

  • Ahh, "Owner of a Lonely Heart." Completing Yes's transition from the epic psychadelic jazz-prog band they once were to the sorta-sound-like everyone else in the early 80's blandness.

  • Well, yeah, I sure prefer the old Yes. But Trevor is a talented musician, even though I don't like that song. Maybe I'm just the wrong generation. 🙂

  • Hey Peter,

    Another good reason to mention Snakes on a Plane:

    Addictive TV was hired to remix 2 trailers for the movie, and they've been getting regular airplay on Mtv. Here's one:

    I wish all commericals were like this!

  • Jacaranda

    Help me out tomorrow


    Don't want to be alone

    I love the Trevor Rabin era of Yes. And yes, he's been using Mac's for a while. I think the album Open Your Eyes was done on a Mac.

    Oh, and the 90125 album cover graphics were plotted using an Apple II.