Getting Down to the Sounds of the NeverBeast with Musical Supervisor Brett Swain & Instrumentalist Bleu

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Disney and the DisneyToons Studios. I received an all-expense paid trip from Disney so that I could gather and share this information. However, all experiences and opinions are always 100% my own as this post is written by me in its entirety.

It’s all about the music. A story needs music to weave emotion in and out of every scene. With music you can feel the ups, downs, highs and lows being portrayed throughout, as if you are part of the film. Developing, creating and searching out the perfect pitches, tones and melodies for Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast was a bucket of fun for Musical Supervisor Brett Swain and Instrumentalist Bleu.

  • Each character in the film, including the “storm” has a music theme concept.
  • Music consisted of not just melodic themes, but also peculiar, unique, primitive and ancient sounds.
  • Director Steve Loter challenged the musical artists to come up with sounds that were completely new and unique.
  • Percussion instruments were “instrumental” for Gruff’s character to replicate his age and history.
  • Home Depot and the toy store became a second home to the musical artists trying to create new and unusual percussive sounds.
  • The music and sounds you here are meant to be familiar without you being able to pinpoint and recognize it.
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Bleu playing the “Pots”. Pots have a different unique pitch to them and it was actually shocking what a variety of pitches we could get out of all these pots.

 Outdoor planters played a big roll in creating music, the drain hole at the bottom allowed them to sit on a cymbal stand.

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Bleu making music with the Sound Tube

Sounds tubes aka Whirly Tubes, essentially a child’s musical instrument were cut to create different pitches.

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No shortage of music instruments, like the perfect trash can.

 Trash cans, metal vents and even long reverberous tile hallways were all incorporated into the music and sounds.

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The Dulsitar, a combination of musical instruments.

 The Dulsitar is a unique combination of using an acoustic guitar along with Dulcimer Hammers, with the hammers being used against the strings; this requires two people.

Fawn’s emotional journey required versatility and a strong connection to the world of Pixie Hollow through the music.

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Nyx’s specially created musical pipes, strung together by string and tape.

The sound for Nyx was the most challenging aspect of the entire film, pipes held together by tape and string became her tune. Director Steve Loter never wanted to make her out to be the villain, her intentions were those of a guardian.

Meet the Talented Men Behind the Sounds!

For Swain, this is the first film he’s ever worked on, ever. It was an incredible journey to start this part of his career with Disney. It was Director Steven Loter that brought him on, being that Loter was listening to Swain’s music while actually working on the film.

Brett Swain (Director, Music Production) trained under legendary recording engineer and Grammy®-winning producer Val Garay, cutting his teeth on projects with the likes of Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Warren Zevon, Lita Ford and Don Henley.


Swain’s work at O’Henry, garnered the attention of a Disney company executive who invited him to be a music supervisor at the studio. He leapt at the opportunity and has now been with the company since 1998, working as a music supervisor and music producer on more than 50 animated productions, including all the Tinker Bell movies.

Swain loves the challenge of this position as it allows him to play a role in every facet of each film’s music as early as identifying song moments at the script stage. Plus, he’s surrounded by music all day long and gets to hire the songwriters, singers and composers booking musicians in some of the very studios where he began his career.

Bleu produced all the songs in the film. He wrote a couple of them and worked on the sound and color pallet of unusual instruments.

Bleu (Featured Instrumentalist and Additional Score Production), a graduate of Berklee College of Music, is an award-winning independent recording artist and a professional songwriter/producer.


He made his debut with Columbia Records in 2003 and toured internationally with acts such as John Mayer, Train, Switchfoot and Hanson. Early successes included a featured track on the Platinum selling “Spider-man” soundtrack as well as being included in NPR’s top ten records of the year.

The process of discovering new items that could be used for instruments, and which types of them worked best was a lot of fun. The creativity allowed for putting together the music for this film was like no other, but at the same time “magical” just like it should be for a Disney film.

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is available for order now on Amazon and Disney Movies Anywhere. The latest Tinkerbell movie is a definite must add to your movie collection for the entire family.

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Mama E

Multitasking mama to 3 living in Miami. Blogging about parenting, lifestyle, cooking and traveling. Covering everything from diapers to dorm rooms. Ask me anything, I've done it all.

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