Songs in the key of Wakefield

Great news: I’m getting back at writing in first person – for a few posts, at least. And I don’t want to give up on making this place a real diary about everything that happens about this project. I just got back from Rome where I had two things scheduled: attending a screening of the pilot to a small but selected audience at Caffè Letterario, and a business meeting with some important (yet undisclosed) person who might mean a lot to the continuation of our series.

Shortly after I got home, I received an e-mail from Michael Brian, our lead actor, that is Wakefield himself! He was asking news about the project, as it looked stuck from “outside”… and I must say he’s right. There haven’t been any major updates lately, and that is because dealing with development, distribution, funding, etc is time consuming, and being our production company still made of just two people, there is no much time left for promotion, updating, advertising.

And this is bad. It really is. A project like this is kept alive by audience, readers, bloggers, casual surfers too: being born from the internet, for the internet, it needs to be appealing to the people of the internet. I tried to figure out something to change things… and I thought about going back a little bit.. back to the origin of this project, of its story, its atmosphere, its inspiration.
I couldn’t help thinking about music, and I mean way before Michele Bettali, Stefano Carrara and Fabrizio Castanìa delivered their great score. Some specific music was in my head while developing the concept behind The Wakefield Variation, and it provided a lot of inspiration for what I thought this series needed.

So I thought it could be a nice move to share with you the beginning of the creative process through the music. I’d like to start with a song that has long been in may favourite playlist, and has kept me thinking about the lyrics since the first time I listened to it. It’s Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce. In those words lies a lot of Wakefield’s “experiment”…


We got rhythm!

We’re sure lots of people were wondering about the music of The Wakefield Variation: being the score such an important part of of the success of an entertainment product, we didn’t forget it. We just took some time to think about what was on the market 🙂 Well, we’re now happy to announce that Michele Bettali, Stefano Carrara and Fabrizio Castanìa, also known as MSF, will take care of the original score!

Guitar player/composer Michele Bettali and bass player/composer Stefano Carrara met music composer/conductor Fabrizio Castanìa in 2005, giving birth to the Music & Sound Factory (MSF) ensemble.

Since then they have created scores for film and commercials, tv series themes and original music for amusement parks like Gardaland.

Their first project as an artistic ensemble was the score for the animated series “Rat-Man”, based on the well known italian comic book by Leo Ortolani.

Left ro right: Michele Bettali, Stefano Carrara, Fabrizio Castanìa

Left to right: Michele Bettali, Stefano Carrara, Fabrizio Castanìa

Siamo sicuri che molti si sono fatti domande riguardo alla musica di The Wakefield Variation: essendo la colonna sonora una parte così importante per il successo di un prodotto audiovisivo, non l’avevamo dimenticato… ci siamo solo presi del tempo per vagliare tutte le possibilità 🙂 Bene, siamo felici di annunciare che Michele Bettali, Stefano Carrara e Fabrizio Castanìa, noti anche come MSF, si occuperanno della musica originale!

Nel 2005 il chitarrista e compositore Michele Bettali, il bassista e compositore Stefano Carrara e il compositore e direttore d’orchestra Fabrizio Castanìa danno vita ad una collaborazione artistica tuttora attiva che prende il nome di Music & Sound Factory (MSF). In realtà l’acronimo MSF è costituito dalle iniziali dei nomi di ciascun artista, quindi M per Michele, S per Stefano ed F per Fabrizio.

Da questo incontro nascono e si sviluppano, come in un laboratorio condiviso, molteplici progetti musicali che spaziano dalle colonne sonore per serie televisive a canzoni per sigle TV, da musiche originali per parchi divertimento tra i quali Gardaland e Portaventura a brani per spot pubblicitari.

Ognuno dei tre componenti provenendo da esperienze musicali diverse arricchisce con le proprie competenze il lavoro di gruppo, facendo si che il risultato artistico passi attraverso la professionalità e la valutazione collettiva.

Il primo progetto che vede coinvolti tutti e tre i compositori e che da origine alla costituzione di MSF è la serie TV d’animazione Rat-man, ispirata all’omonimo personaggio ideato da Leonardo Ortolani. È proprio grazie a Leo Ortolani che i tre compositori si incontrano ed è lui a volerli coinvolgere tutti nel suo progetto televisivo.

(testo in corsivo da Wikipedia)