Adult psycho thriller "Sanatorium", starring adult film icon Tabitha Stevens, was released last week and with it, buzz on how this adult film movie followed a mainstream protocol — even having an original soundtrack composed by former GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Teddy Andreadis and ex-STATIC-X guitarist Koichi Fukada.
In addition to the brilliant musical talents of Teddy and Koichi, the soundtrack features BILLY IDOL's guitar player Steve Stevens and ex-STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos.
Produced and directed by HBO/Cinemax's Gary Orona ("Hotel Erotica", "The Erotic Traveler", "Thrills"),"Sanatorium" is described in a press release as "a twisted, mesmerizing story about an iconic adult film super star discovering a dark secret world of perverts occupied by senators, lawyers, priests and other do-gooders, whose public images as anti-adult film crusaders are in direct opposition of their wicked lives behind closed doors."
A question-and-answer session with Andreadis and Fukada follows below.
Q: What was it like scoring tracks for "Sanatorium"?
Ted: It was a very interesting yet very enjoyable project. I really love the movie and found myself really exploring sounds and textures that would really lend itself to the film.
Koichi: I always enjoy working on music for films/visuals; the music/sound effects can make whatever the emotions that are intended to be expressed in a piece come alive.
Q: Were you watching the film while you were scoring the soundtrack to get an idea of how dark the music needed to be?
Ted: Yes. I found myself coming up with two and three alternate parts for each scene.
Koichi: Yes, I always watch the film when I'm working on the soundtrack so I can understand and feel the mood for each scene; the music is inspired by the visuals and the stories.
Q: Do you feel that it is important that even a high-budget "adult film" should have a unique and original soundtrack? Why?
Ted: Because it is a film, period! Music plays a huge part in any film. I think the more unique the music, the more interesting the film.
Koichi: It depends whether it is purposeful. There are so many videos/films of all quality and budget levels being made by all kinds of people with all levels of skills. If anybody intends to produce something that stands out among them and especially if the focus is on the art direction, it is highly effective to have a unique and original soundtrack.
Q: What was it like working with adult film star Tabitha Stevens and writer/producer/director Gary Orona? Was your experience with them professional?
Ted: Tab and Gary are truly a joy to work with. They both love what they do and it comes across in the work. I hope I can have the opportunity to work with them again soon. They both allowed me a little freedom to create what I thought would fit. And, of course, when it didn't work we changed it. Really a great experience!
Koichi: It was a pleasure to work with them. They are not only very professional, but have the passion for what they do.
Q: Do you think that there will be more original soundtracks being made for adult films? Do you think that Tabitha and Gary have helped open the door for other adult companies to have creative and original soundtracks made?
Ted: Yes, of course. There are a lot of very talented music people out there who would love the opportunity to create something original. Myself, I'm always more interested in a film when the music is unique to the film. It always keeps my attention and makes me stay to read the credits. I know a lot of films have small budgets and choose canned music over live recorded stuff, but I think that if more companies used original compositions there would be a treasure chest of stuff to pick from. Just gotta find it!!
Koichi: I don't have much knowledge as to how "adult companies" decide what to produce, but hopefully this film will inspire others to think outside of the box.