In this 2015 re-imagining of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, actual performing musicians were tracked live on set to provide documentary style realism to a fictional dramatic work. In all musical scenes Vale Sound provided the recordings and the studio set pieces, pieces that actually recorded the performances. While somewhat unconventional, critical acclaim was noted for this detail alone. Emerging NZ singer Marlon Williams was the main talent for these sequences with as many as six songs making the final cut for the series. In addition to this, Leigh Ivin played ethereal pedal steel, amplified through a custom built rotary speaker set-up with haunting effect, the sounds reverberating though the historic Villa Alba in Melbourne where the sequences were shot. Parts of these recording were adapted into the score as well.
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