Cues

Pelonio Silent Movie

Posted in Comedy, Cues on February 20th, 2011 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

In the spirit of Benny Hill, was the brief. Pelonio is a quirky character personifying an equally quirky Spanish Film, Fashion and Design consultancy. This is Pelonio’s theme.

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A set of variations on the main theme were created for specific short films and stings – Barca; Camion and Maria Escote:

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Stringy bits ‘n bobs

Posted in Cues, Drama, Epic, Harmony, Instrumentation, Lyrical, Orchestration on December 5th, 2009 by leslieq – 3 Comments

I’ve a whole backlog of String-y compositions that I’ve always avoided mocking up in virtual software instruments because I’ve never been able to get the Strings patches to sound right. Well I’ve been making friends with Logic Pro and the EXS24 instruments. I think it’s definitely getting there and would really appreciate some feedback from additional ears. I’ve been tweaking knobs and buttons for what seems like days now that I’m not sure I’m the most objective person when it comes to reviewing the results.

Anyway, here’s a little medley featuring bits of three compositions titled: The Story Begins; Arise, Sir and This Is Me.

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I write contrapuntally for parts so no block chords and most of the resulting harmony is a consequence of individual part-writing for the orchestra.

As an orchestral player I’ve really tried to use my experience of real orchestras to physically lay out my orchestra in sonic space. So if you were sitting in the audience listening to an orchestra in front of you, I’ve actually arranged the strings (from left to right):

Violins I (front left)
Violins II (mid left)
Cello (mid off-centre/right)
Violas (front right) and
Double Basses (far right, behind cellos and violas)

Physically this is a very common orchestra layout because you achieve the maximum sonorous and darker-tones of violas.

As usual. Comments, please.

2009 Montage

Posted in Announcements, Cues, General Musings, Orchestration, Projects on November 30th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

This is some of 2009 in a bite-size audio morsel. Although I haven’t been writing full-time this year, I’ve actually ended up with a lot of music—many of which have not yet seen the light of day. I needed to prepare a montage of my music for screen for some music editors. Simple enough in itself, but as I started thinking more and more about which tracks to include, it was a total nightmare. So here’s what made the cut:

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Track featured are:
The Story Begins, Bicycle Music, [untitled], Breaking the C-ode, Dorian, Comedic Antics, Mischief Managed, Suspect Intuition, Festive Bustle, The Magic of Christmas (Choral), [untitled], This Is Me.

On a little aside, I’ve been battling away in Logic Pro and the EXS24 instruments for a while now trying to model a good orchestral palette. I’m definitely getting there—particularly with the challenging espressivo Strings so brace yourself for a whole bunch of big tunes I’ve wanted to upload for a while but haven’t due to bad String section rendering. The top and tail of the montage above are a little taster of my developing String tuttis.

Comments, please.

C.S.I.-inspired music

Posted in Cues, Drama, Library Music, Suspense, Thriller on November 8th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

I’ve been working on some generic production music recently with the aim of licensing them out under the YouLicense system. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be uploading tracks that fall under a number of umbrella genres, themes and subjects. A YouLicense “album”. So from a Thriller & Suspense album, I’ve added the following track called Suspect Intuition. Minimalist; methodical; idiomatic and questioning.

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Manuscript: Bicycle Music

Posted in Counterpoint, Cues, General Musings, Harmony, Instrumentation, Orchestration, Rhythm, Texture on October 29th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

Audio:

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Score:

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The Magic of Christmas (suite)

Posted in Cues, Library Music, Light Music, Lyrical on October 20th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

A while back I posted a sneak peak of some festive production music I was working on. Well, in between upgrading to Snow Leopard; my Sibelius installation and battling with ReWire and Logic, I’ve managed to complete the suite cues.

Under the umbrella title of “The Magic of Christmas”, there are five parts to this suite. They are fashioned to work together with varying characterisations of a single audio identity. The target use is in channel ident branding and programme continuation links.

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Order
1 – The Magic of Christmas
2 – ‘Lyrical’ (0′:32″)
3 – ‘Choral’ (0′:55″)
4 – ‘Dreams’ (1′:21″)
5 – ‘Vamp’ (2′:00″)

Manuscript: Comedic Antics

Posted in Arrangement, Counterpoint, Cues, Harmony, Instrumentation, Orchestration, Rhythm, Technique, Texture, Theory on October 7th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

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Score:

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Manuscript: Mischief Managed

Posted in Arrangement, Counterpoint, Cues, Harmony, Instrumentation, Orchestration, Rhythm, Technique, Texture, Theory on October 7th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

So to kick things off, here’s the score for Mischief Managed.

Audio:

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Score:

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A good ol’ Disney family Christmas

Posted in Adventure, Animation, Arrangement, Comedy, Counterpoint, Instrumentation, Light Music, Orchestration, Texture on September 30th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

I really do not know what’s wrong with me at the moment. I seem to have swallowed a happy pill by mistake. I can’t stop writing jolly music at the moment. Could this cue get any more infectious? Featuring sleigh bells; horses; chimes; things that go ting and other things that flutter – it’s all in here. Is it all too gratuitous? Leave comments and let me know.

Enjoy the moment while it lasts:

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I promise the next few posts are definitely going to feature compositions of much darker moods.

Revision: Mischief Managed

Posted in Adventure, Animation, Instrumentation, Orchestration, Texture on September 29th, 2009 by leslieq – 2 Comments

Along the same lines as Comedic Antics, I’ve revised the previous Mischief Managed cue to incorporate some more ideas.

Here is the revision:

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This is a cue intended for an animation with no dialogue. It is written and orchestrated in the ilk of the old Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes cartoons where the music is often required to carry the slapstick and plot forward.

Revision: Comedic Antics

Posted in Adventure, Animation, Arrangement, Comedy, Counterpoint, Cues, General Musings, Instrumentation, Orchestration, Rhythm, Technique, Texture on August 18th, 2009 by leslieq – 2 Comments

By far the most frequent comment I get from visitors and those who lend me their ear is that my audio samples are too short and they want to hear longer developed pieces. For a number of reasons—usually down to time and the fact that many are simply exercises, these samples are kept short. That said, SMN required me to send a longer sample track for panel review so I revised Comedic Antics in to more of a ‘piece.

Here is the revision:

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In time, I’ll work out a way to incorporate some of my longer-format works, including music for concert platform into this blog. However, first things first, I need to better organise my audio player. Coming soon…

SCOREcast challenge: Breaking the C-ode

Posted in Action, Cues, Suspense, Texture on August 18th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

Lee Sanders over at SCOREcast set a challenge to come up with a one-minute film cue in any genre with the only stipulation that the only note allowed to be used is ‘C’ (if a note is sounded). Breaking the C-ode is what I managed to produce in a few hours messing around in Logic Studio.

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I wanted to tell you what scene I was thinking of as I wrote this but that would be telling. Let me know what scene it conjures up for you by posting comments.

Sneak peek: Christmas

Posted in Cues, Instrumentation, Library Music, Light Music, Lyrical on August 15th, 2009 by leslieq – 1 Comment

Yes, you heard me right. It is mid-August and the height of the British ‘summer’; I’m already thinking about Christmas. I’ve been preparing a suite of festive tracks with the intent of licensing them out as production music. The suite comes complete with a number of variations on a theme (lyrical, choral, jingle and vamp) and are being prepared to allow licensees to cut and loop segments and/or use complete tracks for their purposes. Here’s a short snippet from the suite.

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I’ll be producing fully mastered production versions of this suite and will be ready for licensing shortly. Music Editors, please feel free to contact me if you are interested in this suite but have further specific requirements.

Fragments of new ideas

Posted in Drama, Epic, General Musings, Harmony, Instrumentation, Lyrical on July 27th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure where I am going with these but I thought I’d post them anyway. These are two different cue ideas for two very different scenes. The first is set in a Dorian mode which gives it a really distinctive sound. You have more than likely heard T.V. composers using this mode when setting music to those bleak, cold, winter scenes, wide shots and solitary subjects.

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Although the harmony shifts around the melody, I use an upper-pedal note that sounds constantly to add to the expanse and emptiness. I’ll talk more about pedals (high and low) in other music posts but they are very useful devices. I think my EQing is steadily improving (moving in the right direction anyway). I really like the clarity of the piano sound now. So much so that this next idea was initially one of those really broad string melodies but couldn’t resist adding a piano figure.

I’ve previously shied away from posting very obviously String orchestra tracks because I’ve not been happy with my string mock-up sounds. Try as I might, nothing can replace how a human string player would interpret a single note. Give a good violinist a single held note and they’ll be able to do the most amazing things to that one note — colour it; shape it; change it’s nuance; give it direction — a whole multitude of things a computer simply cannot recreate or imitate. So here goes… it is only about 8 bars (but a very broad 8 bars).

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Not music for a small screen – broad sound, broad visuals. So as I said, I’m not sure yet where I’ll take these ideas but I’ll be sure to post the results here.