Composer Bruce Broughton has written the music for many Disney attractions, especially at Epcot. His theme park work includes Ellen’s Energy Adventure; the current version of Spaceship Earth; Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!; Cinemagique; and The Timekeeper. He also re-tooled Jerry Goldsmith’s iconic score for Soarin’ Over California during the recent change to Soarin’ Around the World. Broughton has also scored countless movies and TV series, including Silverado, The Rescuers Down Under, Tombstone, and Tiny Toon Adventures.

On the latest episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast, I spoke with Broughton about his extensive career. His first theme park project was The Making of Me in the Wonders of Life pavilion. That unique show was the start of regular work for Broughton with Disney in the ‘90s and beyond. Even if you aren’t familiar with his name, you’ve certainly heard Broughton’s stunning music in the parks and on the screen. His latest project was scoring the theme for The Orville, the new sci-fi comedy from Seth MacFarlane.

During this episode, Broughton and I discuss so many topics, including these examples:

  • How far back does Broughton’s connection to Disney’s theme parks go?
  • What was it like to create different scores for The Timekeeper at Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World?
  • How did Broughton solve the challenge of composing music for different time periods in the small space of Spaceship Earth?
  • What are the added obstacles when composing music for Circle-Vision films?
  • How did Broughton pay tribute to Jerry Golsmith’s original score while creating new music for Soarin’ Around the World?